There has been a significant reaction to President Trump’s recent Executive Order on immigration and refugees – not only in the U.S., but around the world. Today’s article, “Immigration Executive Order Raises Multiple Concerns,” identifies some of the issues and confusion that have resulted from the EO.
IITA was approached by Travel Weekly for a statement on the Executive Orders. Executive Director Lisa Simon issued the following statement to Travel Weekly that I feel needs to also be passed along to our membership.
“We are concerned that the recent Executive Order on immigration along with other plans by the administration to strengthen security may have a negative effect on inbound travel. We, of course, support strong national security, and we believe that programs like the Visa Waiver Program can aid the administration in facilitating secure international travel to the U.S.
“There is still a lot of confusion surrounding the executive order and our members are concerned that there could be prolonged disruption to inbound travel if clarification on implementation does not come quickly.
“We’re hearing concern about the impact on three groups of potential travelers to the U.S.: those who can no longer visit as a direct result of the EO, those who may be afraid to come due to the lack of clarity and other restrictions being discussed by the administration, and those who may simply choose not to come in response to the current political climate.
“Our annual Summit is next week and we’ll be discussing these issues with our members to better understand their concerns and challenges, so we may carry their voice in our work with the administration and industry to come to mutually beneficial solutions.” - Lisa Simon
This will be one of the advocacy issues discussed at the Summit next week…please come prepared with your thoughts on the EO and other policies the administration has or plans to put into place that may have implications on international travel to the U.S., so we know what final stance we need to make for our members.
Let’s work together to educate the administration on the economic importance of inbound travel to the U.S. and the policies and procedures that may produce mutually beneficial solutions.
Looking forward to seeing you in Biloxi!
-Gary Schluter, Chairman
Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours