by Michael J. Shapiro | January 30, 2013

 Top executives from Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, called for international governments to adopt "Smart Visa" policies. The hotel companies are working with the World Economic Forum Governors to promote safe, secure and sustainable solutions that would facilitate international travel, using technology to increase the efficiency of what are, in many cases, arduous processes that rely on an abundance of paperwork. Such improvements, notes the group, would not only spur the economic benefits of increased international travel, but also enhance security, allowing more data to be collected and shared across borders. "We are here at the World Economic Forum to tackle complex and challenging economic, social, environmental and political issues," said Hilton president and CEO Christopher J. Nassetta. "Enabling greater international travel is the low-hanging fruit that can create significant economic growth and employment." The hotel companies and World Economic Forum Governors aim to create government action toward Smart Visa policies regionally by 2015 and globally by 2020.