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Taiwan added to global entry program

Taiwan has officially been added to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program, offering significant benefits for Hawaii tourism, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono’s office.

With the inclusion, Taiwanese citizens can apply for expedited customs clearance when visiting the United States, and American citizens can also be extended similar benefits on arrival in Taiwan.

More than 18,000 Taiwanese citizens visited Hawaii in 2016, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which supported Hirono’s effort along with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association.

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the HTA, said that last year travelers from Taiwan generated $4.2 million in state tax revenue and supported 441 jobs.