Congratulations to my friend, Thomas Kim! South Korea is now officially part of the Visa Waiver Program. Thomas has been working hard on this from the beginning. Part of his email to me:
"After three years of collective effort, as of Monday, November 17, 2008, Korea is now officially a part of the Visa Waiver Program! On this day in Seoul, U.S. Ambassador to Korea Kathleen Stephens highlighted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome and send-off the first South Korean VWP passengers traveling to the U.S. from Incheon International Airport to San Francisco on United Airlines. It was a momentous event..."
Thomas worked under the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Trade Representative's office, but I'm not certain if he's going to join the Obama Administration. He's doing excellent work at his lobbying firm.
Anyway, here's an article on yesterday's event, "Visa-Free US Travel Possible From Today"
This great for the U.S. economy in the long-term since so many Korean women will fly across to Pacific to shop. :) Right now the U.S. dollar is strong against the Korean won, so I assume most of those plans are on hold.