May 22 - During a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame, President Obama stressed the positive role tourism plays in the U.S. economy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on Thursday (May 22) to speak about tourism in America. He underscored the importance of tourism in creating jobs, and leading to a stronger economy. "For upstate New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame is a powerful economic engine. Last year alone, travel and tourism were responsible for 1.5 trillion in economic activity across the country," Obama said. The President stressed his support in making travel to America faster and more convenient for tourists. Obama said his goal was to have 100 million people visit the U.S. each year, and that meeting this goal would help create jobs. "When it comes to tourism, the good news is we've got a great product to sell. People want to come here," Obama said.