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TRADE GROUPS URGE STATE TO RECONSIDER PASSPORT FEES…

Posted on 17 March 2010

The American Society of Travel Agents and the Interactive Travel Services Association have filed comments with the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, requesting that it show restraint in implementing increases in passport fees. The State Department recently proposed an increase in the cost of new passports, from $100 to $135, and passport renewals up from $75 to $110. “Contrary to the belief that increasing passport fees serves to keep travel spending contained within the United States, the reality is that when an American chooses not to travel abroad, U.S.-owned airlines, tour operators, hotel chains and car rental companies are all harmed,”said ASTA President and Chair Chris Russo.

 

ASTA and ITSA said that “While the economy is beginning to show signs of life, it is early days and we have a long way to go before travel returns to anything resembling sustainable growth. This is, therefore, an especially poor time to increase the cost of travel.”

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