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U.S. visa process hampers trade show industry

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New Orleans—U.S. visa delays hurt trade show participation by attendees and exhibitors, according to a study by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The CEIR research concluded that delays and restrictions in issuing visas, which are in part related to repercussions from 9/11, act as a barrier to foreign trade.

The study estimated that visa problems prevented 78,400 potential international attendees and 37,900 international exhibitors from participating in U.S. trade shows this year. The study, which was conducted online this summer by Oxford Economics, included the responses of 47 U.S. exhibition managers.

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