Are proposed Amtrak budget cuts the beginning of
the end of our passenger rail network?
In an op-ed, an international lawyer, asks, ‘Who
is welcome in Trump’s America?’
DESTINATIONS ARE MARKETING THEMSELVES WITH ‘WELCOME’ MESSAGING
Concern over Trump’s rhetoric
has travel rolling out red carpet
By Johanna Jainchill
WASHINGTON — Attempting to
stave off potential backlash resulting from U.S. polices that might
seem unfriendly to international
visitors, destinations from California to Virginia are rolling out their
The theme of the U.S. Travel Association’s
annual IPW conference here last week, which
attracts thousands of mostly foreign travel
buyers and journalists, was “One Big Wel-
The same name was given to Brand USA’s
newest campaign, launched at the event,
which CEO Chris Thompson said was part
of the national marketing organization’s
mission to “market the welcome” of interna-
Paradoxically, the show kicked off the
same day that President Trump took to Twitter to describe his executive order as a “travel
ban,” giving more weight to the need for welcoming messages.
“The lawyers and the courts can call it
whatever they want, but I am calling it what
we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN,”
Trump tweeted, adding, “The Justice Dept.
should have stayed with the original Travel
Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted” to the Supreme
U.S. Travel CEO Roger Dow did not pull
punches on the issue, admitting that Trump’s
policies could send the wrong message.
“I wonder if many of you are saying,
‘I wonder if the U.S. even welcomes us
Individual people-to-people Cuba travel
to be ended, White House officials say
By Johanna Jainchill and Robert Silk
President Trump last week was set to end
individual people-to-people travel to Cuba,
reversing one of the hallmarks of President
Obama’s Cuba policy.
Ahead of Trump’s planned speech in Miami last Friday, White House officials said his
new policy would end the ability for Americans to travel to Cuba individually under the
people-to-people travel category.
The policy reverts to the pre-2016 rule,
which mandates that anyone traveling under
that category must be part of a group to ensure compliance with federal rules that prohibit tourism visits to Cuba.
“The [individual people-to-people] cat-
egory is particularly ripe for abuse,” the offi-
cial said. “So directing the Treasury to change
regulations to ensure anyone who does
people-to-people travel does so as part of a
group will ensure they engage in a schedule
of activities that actually do so.”
In March 2016, ahead of President
Obama’s historic trip to Havana, his admin-
istration changed rules that had long prohib-
ited most Americans from visiting the island
without being part of a licensed tour group.
The rules did not actually change what
U.S. visitors are legally able to do in Cuba,
and regular tourism is still technically illegal,
but it allowed individuals to take people-to-people trips and self-certify in an affidavit
that they had complied with those regulations.
See CUBA on Page 30
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In the decade since it was first released, the
iPhone has caused a sea change in how travel is
researched, how connectivity with agents works
and what devices are brought on a trip.
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