A high-tech travel passport card (passcard) is on the anvil for travellers bound to the US from Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Bermuda. The wallet-sized card uses RFID technology to link the passenger to a database of personal information and a photograph. The passcard will benefit both passengers and security officials as it’s more convenient than scanning pages of a booklet and is part of Washington’s Western Hemisphere initiative requiring all Americans and Canadians visiting the US by land, sea and air to show a passport or other secure identification (to be implemented June 2009).
Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017. View all posts by Vijay Dandapani