Intl. Travel Execs Urge U.S. to Speed Security Checks

Last week, the sixth annual global summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council convened in Washington, and influential council members such as Carlson Companies' chair Marilyn Carlson urged U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to do more to improve the entry experience of those visiting the U.S. on business and leisure.

Carlson added that many international travelers wonder whether they will be greeted at a U.S. border-control checkpoint with a welcome or a warning, and are also bothered that checkpoint lines often take up to an hour to pass through.

The U.S. travel and tourism industry had been largely unaffected by terrorist attacks prior to September 11, 2001. But after that, the heightened level of security has, in part, caused travel from other countries to not rebound as quickly as usual.

The WTTC represents major travel-related companies.