March 28, 2017

U.S. travel industry fears a ‘lost decade’ under Trump


Trump's rhetoric and unpopularity abroad are likely to reduce international arrivals by 4.3 million this year, according to a market strategy firm.

Like many Washington lobby groups, the U.S. Travel Association was quick to congratulate the new president on his victory last November.

“We are encouraged that Mr. Trump’s extensive business and hospitality background … will make him a ready and receptive ear,” the trade organization said. Upon the Republican’s inauguration, the USTA’s chief executive, Roger Dow, pledged the industry as a “capable, willing partner.”

But almost immediately, things started to go sideways. A steady drumbeat of news and policy proclamations seemed likely to damage America’s $250 billion travel industry and its roughly 15 million U.S. employees.

Get the full story at the Portland Press Herald

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