Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?
Posted by keelynet on October 9, 2009
Sounds like a good reason for me….we cut our own nose off and hurt tourism and the economy in the process..but oh no…the Obamanation is only occupied with photo opps and narcissism…seems to be paying off with the more than $1,000,000 Nobel prize for….get this…PEACE…ROTFL…followed by WTF???
“Yesterday, Chicago lost its bid for the 2016 Olympics (which went to Rio de Janiero instead), and it’s looking very likely that US border procedures were one of the main factors which knocked Chicago out of the race:
‘Among the toughest questions posed to the Chicago bid team this week in Copenhagen was one that raised the issue of what kind of welcome foreigners would get from airport officials when they arrived in this country to attend the Games. Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, in the question-and-answer session following Chicago’s official presentation, pointed out that entering the United States can be “a rather harrowing experience.” …
The exchange underscores what tourism officials here have been saying for years about the sometimes rigorous entry process for foreigners, which they see as a deterrent to tourism.'” – Source
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