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    Chamber not on board with entry fees

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It may be promoting “1 Less Trip” to the U.S., but the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce isn’t on board with Canadians paying an entry fee to visit their neighbours to the south.

    The U.S. is proposing a “land border crossing fee” to ease the country’s financial situation. The Department of Homeland Security’s 2014 budget calls for a study on the costs to collect a fee from vehicles and pedestrians crossing the border, and to complete it within nine months.

    The department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano, wrote in written testimony two weeks ago fees to support processing travellers haven’t been adjusted for more than 10 years and more customs officers are needed.

    Kithio Mwanzia, the chamber’s director of government relations, said a fee would “greatly impact” cross-border trading.

    EDITORIAL — Reducing passport prices would aid tourism industry

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    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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