Excel London is getting behind a US initiative, called the The Global Entry System, designed to make delegate travel to and from the USA much faster.
The initiative has been developed alongside the US Homeland security and was presented at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference.
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced a partnership last month with Excel London to push the idea of delegates by passing the unwieldy system of visas and immigration queuing.
Excel London and London & Partners hosted a stand with Homeland security at Convening Leaders earlier this year where over 300 event organisers began the application process for the system.
“We are behind any initiative that allows easier access to London for our clients and their delegates, and our support for the Global Entry System is especially important to our US customers,” says James Rees, Excel’s Director of Conference and Events. “This is a system that allows both delegate and event organiser to get pre-approved, quicker entry to and from the UK; we are delighted to be a part of bringing it into the events industry.”
The Global Entry System works through a credit card type visa holding a personalised chip; owners can simply swipe their way through passport control and security. “This is a system that already exists in the States but one we have been leading in adopting for the conference and event community,” says Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA. “By signing up for the system in advance, delegates can acquire a visa for five years.”
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