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ment Conference, lodging-industry leaders
also asserted that recent airline passenger
incidents and the impact of technology on
hospitality service standards were additional
causes for concern.
The conference attracted about 2,400 attendees.
Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch, the
conference chair, evoked the so-called “lost
decade,” during which post-9/11 Homeland
Security measures diverted millions of trav-
By Danny King
NEW YORK — Hotel executives last week
took an urgent and sometimes combative
tone when discussing President Trump’s
proposed travel ban and his push to defund
Brand USA, saying such proposals threaten
an upturn in inbound travel demand that has
been seven years in the making.
While gathered here for the New York
University International Hospitality Invest-
Trump’s travel policies worry hotel execs
elers to other countries in the ensuing years,
and he warned that more restrictions could
end 86 months of positive year-over-year
Tisch also appeared to dispute the assumption that Trump’s hospitality background would benefit the sector.
“Words matter. Perceptions matter,” Tisch
said in his opening remarks at the Marriott
Marquis in Times Square.
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By Michelle Baran
Following President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate
accord, several travel companies
and representatives of the tourism industry last week came out in
harsh opposition to the move, with
some proposing that the travel industry must now take the protection of the planet’s natural resources into its own hands.
One of the more visible rebukes of
Trump’s pullout came from Disney CEO Bob
Iger, who resigned from President Trump’s
advisory council to protest the withdrawal
from the Paris accord.
“Protecting our planet and driving eco-
nomic growth are critical to our future, and
they aren’t mutually exclusive,” Iger said in a
statement. “I deeply disagree with the deci-
sion to withdraw from the Paris agreement,
and as a matter of principle, I’ve resigned
from the president’s advisory council.”
Aspen Skiing Company and Vail Resorts
were also among the hundreds of signatories
of an open letter titled “We Are Still In.” The
signatories consisted of individual states, cit-
ies, mayors, educational institutions and pri-
vate businesses, pledging to continue to work
‘Protecting our planet and driv-
ing economic growth are critical
to our future, and they aren’t
Lessons from Amtrak on the art of marketing
slow-paced travel over high speed.
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Insurers, operators report cancellations of trips to London after attacks
Qualtrics published a new Hotel Pain Index,
based on a survey of 1,000 travelers.
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Annual cruise arrivals at Martinique will soon
exceed the island’s population.
Airlines would love to turn agents against
GDSs, but their attempts so far have failed.
As consumers embrace sustainable tour-
ism, entrepreneurs are creating products
that stress native people and cultures.
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