Can foreign tourists help US economy?
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To help make the US appear more welcoming, Congress approved last year a $200 million annual marketing campaign.
In Las Vegas, where travelers to the Strip have traditionally kept Nevada's economy afloat, tourism and government leaders are desperate to keep businesses open and create jobs in a state with the highest unemployment rate in the US
"The industries affected by tourism are all behind it,'' said Republican Rep. Joe Heck of southern Nevada, who has sponsored a bill in the House that would require shorter visa interview delays, among other measures. ``We need the jobs.''
Ocampo, who spent her vacation shopping at upscale boutiques and visiting family in California, said she would be more eager to come back if she knew her business was wanted.
"Everyone wants to visit the Statue of Liberty and Disneyland,'' she said.
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