Trump’s travel ban shakes the industry
By Michelle Baran and Johanna Jainchill
Travel organizations from ASTA to
the United Nations World Tourism
Organization (UNWTO) voiced
concern last week that president
Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive
order banning the citizens of seven
countries from entering the U.S.
for 90 days would discourage travel
and harm the U.S. economy.
Industry trade associations and companies
weighed in throughout the week following
the order, mostly complaining that the ban
painted the U.S. as unwelcoming to travelers
and that the confusion around its implementation had created an environment of uncertainly, which is never good for the industry.
ASTA CEO Zane Kerby said, “It’s clear
from our member feedback that the developments of the past few weeks have injected
a great deal of uncertainty into the travel
industry, from disruption for travelers to
or from the seven countries flagged by the
By Robert Silk
U.S. and international airlines have been
forced to scramble in the
last 10 days to deal with
the controversial travel
ban implemented by
president Donald Trump
in an executive order on
The ban, which Trump
said he ordered as a security measure, im-
pacts travelers to the U.S. from the Muslim-
majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, So-
malia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days.
It blocks refugees from entering the U.S.
for four months.
Yet to be seen is whether the ban will have an
impact on the bottom
lines of airlines or other
segments of the travel industry that serve the U.S.
“Our challenge is not
just to reassure potential
Muslim travelers but to persuade everybody
else that the U.S. is still open for business and
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Airlines struggle to accommodate passengers and
crews left stranded around the world by the policy
Agents, trade groups, tour operators, voice concern
that executive orders make U.S. seem unwelcoming
American Airlines’ CEO
issued a statement critical
of the procedure followed
by the administration.