Diamond Resorts International Chairman and CEO Stephen J. Cloobeck Discusses the Need to Change U.S. Policy to Increase Tourism

The United States has to find ways to allow easier access for overseas professionals wanting to do business in America while maintaining border security. That’s the message gave while appearing on the CNBC Squawk Box broadcast live from New York City this morning.

Cloobeck, Chairman and CEO of , has recently been named Chairman of the (CTP), a public-private partnership created by the U.S. government to explore ways to improve visitation to the U.S.

“For every guest that comes to the United States, $4,000 comes into our GDP,” said Cloobeck. “It’s our job to increase (business to business) and free independent travelers coming to the United States.”

The CTP is working with the State Department, Commerce Department and Department of Homeland Security to discuss potential changes that would open opportunities to increase business and leisure tourism. The group has scheduled its next meeting, open to the public, to be held November 11, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

Cloobeck is uniquely suited to this role, overseeing one of the largest vacation ownership companies in the world with 177 branded and affiliated resorts and over 24,000 guest beds in 26 countries. Diamond Resorts has destinations throughout the continental United States and Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. The company serves more than 385,000 owners and members through the branded hospitality service of more than 5,500 team members worldwide.

You can watch the segment in its entirety by clicking onto the link below.

Stephen J. Cloobeck appears on CNBC

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