The United States is continuing to sink on the radar of places foreigners want to visit, even as the worlds tourism pie continues to grow. Its a problem that has the potential to deeply affect the future health of the lodging business stateside as the Federal Government continues to put up blockades for those that want to spend their vacations here.

And while its understandable the Government is trying to protect Americans with certain in-place policies, the overall effect of a restrictive visitor visa policy is turning off potential vacationers to the idea of an American getaway.

At a luncheon last week sponsored by the Big Apple chapter of the Hospitality, Sales and Marketing Association International, a representative of the Travel Industry Association discussed the challenges faced by American lodging companies.

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