EDITORIAL — Reducing passport prices would aid tourism industry

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ontario’s tourism industry, particularly in Niagara, has been in one long struggle for the better part of the last decade.

Ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, border security in the United States has been an ongoing concern; a byproduct of that has been fewer American visitors heading north.

That scenario was magnified last year when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented its Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, making a passport a necessity if you plan on crossing the border — or more to the point, if you want to enter the United States.

That means any American without a passport can get out of their homeland, but they can’t get back in.

And because fewer than one in three Americans owns a passport, that has manifested in plummeting tourism numbers.

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