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Trump travel ban cost airline industry $168M in bookings, report says

Theresa Hayes | 11 February, 2017, 02:38

Yet, outside the courtroom and apart from the uproar the matter has caused in the United States and overseas, the travel ban has deterred travellers not just from the listed seven countries, but from elsewhere as well, a new study revealed.

A three-judge panel refused to reinstate the travel ban on Thursday after a Washington state judge ordered it suspended last week.

Trump has accused the judges of playing politics on the matter, and vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

Within an hour of the judgement, #NoBanNoWall started to trend on the social media.

Seattle-based U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Friday, February 3 issued a temporary restraining order that blocked President Donald Trump's travel ban nationwide.

Dixon said that while NYC & Company does not yet have any numbers that show a slump in inbound tourism in response to Trump's ban, there are some early indicators that the policy could have some serious negative consequences for New York's tourism industry. Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen? have raised terrorism concerns.

UNWTO's head Taleb Rifai said travel bans based on nationality are "contrary to the principles of freedom of travel".

"As inbound travel is an export industry (it earns foreign currency), this is not good news for the United States economy". "Furthermore, business travel is about people". The Adventure Travel Trade Association last week also issued a statement asserting, "The travel ban, based on nationality, is contrary to the principles of freedom of travel and goodwill promoted by worldwide tourism and will needlessly damage the tourism sector by depressing benefits in terms of economic growth, global relations and job creation". The association said that in 2016, 87.3 percent of US business travel was domestic; 12.7 percent was worldwide travel.

Legal challenges against the ban were quickly filed after airport officials detained dozens of travelers from the seven countries, as well as refugees seeking to enter the United States.

During the call, ASTA also shared anecdotes from members about concerned clients.

"The ambiguity of these very latest developments introduced by President Trump is casting a shadow over future travel demand to and from the USA", said Nadejda Popova, travel project manager at market research firm Euromonitor International. Thirty-one percent of USA business travelers said the same.

Over the aforementioned eight-day period, bookings from Northern Europe were down 6.6%; from Western Europe -13.6% and from Southern Europe -2.9%.