Trump’s travel or­der could make it dif­fi­cult for Amer­i­cans who travel abroad, sur­vey finds

The Hamilton Spectator - - TRAVEL - LORI ARATANI

As air­lines ad­just to new rules gov­ern­ing who can and can’t en­ter the U.S., travel in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als are con­cerned the ban could make it more dif­fi­cult for Amer­i­cans who travel abroad, ac­cord­ing to re­sults of an on­line sur­vey.

Nearly two-thirds of the cor­po­rate travel man­agers and travel ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als sur­veyed by the Global Busi­ness Travel As­so­ci­a­tion said they were wor­ried that travel might be­come more dif­fi­cult for Amer­i­cans trav­el­ling out­side the U.S.

Roughly 56 per cent said they were con­cerned the new re­stric­tions would make travel to the U.S. more dif­fi­cult, while 54 per cent said they were wor­ried the new pol­icy could in­crease threats to U.S. cit­i­zens trav­el­ling abroad.

The on­line sur­vey was con­ducted shortly af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signed the ex­ec­u­tive or­der bar­ring refugees and peo­ple from seven Muslim-ma­jor­ity coun­ties from en­ter­ing the United States. And while the sam­ple size was rel­a­tively small, the re­sults il­lu­mi­nate some of the chal­lenges that travel pro­fes­sional are an­tic­i­pat­ing.

It’s too soon to tell what eco­nomic im­pact the ban might have on the travel in­dus­try. Air­lines for Amer­ica, a trade group that rep­re­sents many of the largest U.S. car­ri­ers said is has not seen any ma­jor dis­rup­tions as a re­sult of the new rules.

But the sur­vey, re­leased Thurs­day, found that many mem­bers ex­pect to see a pull back in the amount of travel by their com­pa­nies.

Nearly 3 in 10 travel man­agers and pro­fes­sion­als sur­veyed, said they ex­pected to see a re­duc­tion in busi­ness travel at their com­pany over the next 90 days. Roughly the same per­cent­age said the ban could af­fect travel for the next six to 12 months and beyond.

“With 30 per cent of com­pa­nies ex­pected to re­duce travel, the econ­omy will most cer­tainly take a hit,” said Michael McCormick, GBTA’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

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