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Lifting international travel restrictions will boost U.S. economy -Commerce chief - Metro US

Lifting international travel restrictions will boost U.S. economy -Commerce chief

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is interviewed in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Thursday that the decision by the Biden administration to lift international travel restrictions in early November will be a boost to the U.S. economy, especially for tourist destinations like New York and for business travel.

Raimondo said the decision announced Monday to allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to fly to the United States “is huge. I think it will really be a boost to our economy, it will certainly be a boost to travel, tourism, hospitality.” To address COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. has barred most foreign nationals from coming to the United States who have recently been in 33 countries including China, South Africa, Brazil, India and much of Europe.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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