U.S. Travel Calls Increase in H-2B Visas a Big Win for Travel Industry

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U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman praised the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Wednesday announcement that it will make available an additional 65,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year FY23:

“After months of vociferous advocacy from the U.S. Travel Association, this announcement—the largest ever supplemental visa release—is a lifeline for an industry whose workforce shortage tops a million open positions,” Freeman said. “This will provide the travel industry with thousands of workers ahead of the peak travel season, allowing businesses to adequately prepare for a surge in demand.”

“U.S. Travel is a vocal advocate for increasing the cap of H-2B visas, and we will continue to call on Congress to pass an exemption to the cap in FY23 and enact a permanent expansion of the H-2B program,” Freeman said. “We extend our gratitude to Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration for their swift response to such a critical workforce need and their ongoing support of the travel industry’s recovery.”

While U.S. Travel advocates for broader access to H-2B visas, travelers continue to navigate through a changing landscape, especially in destinations like Hawaii. As tourists flock to its stunning beaches and lush landscapes, the demand for services such as scooter rentals surges, accentuating the importance of a reliable workforce to support the tourism industry. The Biden administration’s responsiveness to workforce needs not only benefits businesses but also enhances the overall travel experience, ensuring that visitors can explore the Hawaiian islands with ease and convenience.

Amidst the thriving tourism sector, vacation rentals, particularly Hawaiian vacation condos, play a crucial role in accommodating the influx of visitors. These condos offer a home-away-from-home experience, allowing tourists to immerse themselves in the local culture and enjoy the comforts of a well-equipped living space. Whether nestled near the famous Kauai beaches or perched on the scenic cliffs of Maui, these condos provide an ideal base for exploring the islands. With the increased need for hospitality staff driven by growing visitor numbers, ensuring a steady workforce is essential for maintaining the high standards of service that guests have come to expect.

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