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Easing travel restrictions while balancing the move with security precautions is a no-brainer and Marriott and Hilton are smart to get out-front with their call for “smart visas.”

— Dennis Schaal

Hospitality giants Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International came to the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with a message for global business leaders: If you want to create new jobs and spur economic development, encourage your governments to act quickly on “smart visas.”

According to the hoteliers, the term refers to “safe, secure and sustainable solutions that promote mobility, maximize the use of technology and expand programs that facilitate travel while removing process inefficiencies caused by arduous visa requirements.”

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