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Norwalk, CT | Added on August 26, 2014 At 01:01 PM

"There's almost 2 trillion dollars in economic activity associated with US travel. That's a big chunk of our overall economy," said Congressman Jim Himes.

Congressman Jim Himes visited Tauck World Discovery Tuesday morning, discussing the travel industry and addressing employee concerns.

"I have been very pleased to support initiatives whether it's the Jolt Act, which as you know would make it a little easier for people to get Visas and make travel a little easier or Brand USA which is really important in getting tourism generated for our country."

Tauck, a Norwalk-based company in guided travel and tourism, with over 100 escorted tours and cruises to more than 70 countries and all seven continents, employs over 150 people in Connecticut.

"Tourism really touches a lot to the parts in government, whether its homeland security, whether its the state departments, Visas, infrastructre, or airports. Just being here and listening to the types of concerns and issues that a business and the people of Tauck have is a really important part of me representing these people the best I can," said Congressman Himes.

Employees expressed concerns over travel to the Middle East as well job training and the states infrastructure.

Congressman Himes highlighted the work being done at Norwalk Community College in serveral of their departments and well as touched on Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

In regards to the concerns regarding the Middle East, Congressman Himes said, "We are very very concerned with the spread of international terrorism and security would dictate we be very very careful about who crosses our borders. That's exactly right but there also has to be a balance because we don't want to be unwelcomin to those people who want to spend a lot of money here as tourist visiting. We want to be a destination for people all over the world. It contributes hugely to our economy so we need to be mindful of that balance," said Congressman Himes.

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