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
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.