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Jeremy Jacobs Jr., a principal with Buffalo-based Delaware North Cos., joined other executives from travel and tourism companies in a meeting at the White House this week to discuss the industry’s role in boosting economic growth.

President Obama and high-ranking administration officials met with 20 industry executives Thursday in the White House Roosevelt Room to talk about domestic and international travel, efforts to improve the experience of visitors to the United States, infrastructure needs and expansion of the visa waiver program, among other topics.

The president conducted a similar meeting in 2009.

The meeting was coordinated through the U.S. Travel Association, and Jacobs serves on the trade group’s CEO Roundtable.

He also was appointed earlier this year to a two-year term on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

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