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THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY’S TRUSTED VOICE
WWW.TRAVELWEEKLY.COM MARCH 13, 2017
By Michelle Baran
Some tour operators said last week that
talk arising from questions about president
Trump’s relationship with
Russia during and after the
election campaign appear to
have triggered a renewed interest among Americans in
visiting the country.
Others attributed a bump in travel there
to a strong dollar and pent-up demand following a fall-off in interest after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
Whatever the reason, “The demand this
year is noticeable,” said Annie Lucas, vice
president of Seattle-based MIR Corp., a tour
operator that specializes in Russia, Europe
Lucas said that in terms of total passenger counts, the company’s current custom
groups to Russia are already surpassing
MIR’s total for all of 2016, and private group
and FIT bookings to Russia have roughly
doubled compared with this time last year.
“It’s been in the news so much,” Lucas
said, adding that regardless of the current
By Johanna Jainchill
Early industry reaction to president Trump’s
revised travel ban was muted compared with
the first go-round, with the executive order
getting points for clarity and advance notice.
Even so, it drew criticism for its lack of a
welcoming message to legitimate visitors.
The biggest sign of dissent in the days fol-
lowing the March 6 order came from Hawaii,
the first state to file a lawsuit over the second
ban, in part on the grounds that it would
harm the state’s travel industry. As of press
time, Oregon, Washington, New York and
Massachusetts had said they would follow
suit. Lawsuits by Washington and Virginia
led to the first travel ban being overturned.
The revised ban, effective March 16, bars
the issuance of new visas for
people from six predominantly Muslim countries. Unlike
the first iteration, it does not
apply to travelers who already
have visas; permanent U.S.
residents; or dual-nationals traveling with
U.S. passports. The new order also omits Iraq
from the list of affected countries.
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Industry buffeted by politics, international events
Travel ban II is better planned, less jolting but still
coloring foreign visitors’ attitudes toward the U.S.
A drop in Russia tourism following the annexation
of Crimea giving way to boom in visits by Americans
U.S.-Korea missile pact
hits China cruise industry.
Slow adoption of the Apple Watch and Android Wear
has hampered the travel industry’s embrace of wear-
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Ocean Medallion demonstrate its myriad possibilities.
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