Obama in Disney World to unveil tourism plan

President Barack Obama takes his economic message to Walt Disney World Thursday, unveiling a plan to make it easier for travelers to get tourist visas, especially those from China and Brazil, emerging economies with a growing middle class.

The government's Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that for every 65 additional tourists visiting the U.S., one new job is created. The Commerce Department says international travel is worth $134 billion, with Chinese and Brazilian tourists spending an average of $5,000 to $6,000 per trip.

So Mr. Obama will sign an executive order directing the State Department and Homeland Security Department to make sure that 80 percent of non-immigrant visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of their application.

The change could have a big impact on the tourism industry, according to travel editor Peter Greenberg, who said the lengthy visa process has given the U.S. a reputation of being unwelcoming and inhospitable. (Watch Greenberg's analysis of the president's move at left.)

Watch Bill Plante's full report above.

  • Bill Plante

    Bill Plante is a CBS News Senior White House Correspondent

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