Tourism

“Closing borders risks jobs”: World Travel & Tourism Council

The World Travel & Tourism Council has given a sombre warning to the US administration in the wake of Trump’s travel ban, saying that by closing borders you’re risking jobs everywhere.

Airlines, hotels and travel agencies are all reporting drops in international bookings to the US, following the Order banning visitors from seven countries to enter the country, despite the ban suspended and airlines resuming flights for now.

This is the unintended consequence of the ban announcement, with business and leisure customers from around the world holding back on their travel plans.

 

“The United States is in danger of taking the same path it took after the 9/11 terror attacks, which led to a decade of economic stagnation in the Travel & Tourism sector”, said David Scowsill, president & CEO, WTTC, while speaking in Las Vegas this week.

“Strict visa policies and inward-looking sentiment led to a $600 billion loss in tourism revenues in the decade post 9/11, as previously reported by the US Travel Association, with a noted 9% drop in international arrivals in the period of 2001 – 2009.

“The Trump Administration is in danger of steering the country in the same direction, which could have a huge impact on the country’s Travel & Tourism sector, which generates over eight per cent of the country’s GDP and supports nearly 10 per cent of total employment in the US.”

Scowsill spoke directly at the Administration during his speech, offering five pieces of advice to the President’s advisors, essentially saying that travellers from around the world will go elsewhere unless this ban is lifted and the travel industry is listened to:

  • Recognise that travel is a key generator of American jobs and economic growth.
  • Keep tourism out of politics. Blanket bans on citizens from specific countries will not make the American people safer.
  • Remember the decade of lost economic growth. Travellers have a choice and they will go elsewhere.
  • Use the technology available to share information. That will ensure that only the right people arrive at borders in the first place.
  • Consult with the industry in advance of change. This will make the implementation of policies more orderly, fairer and less damaging.

“For the President who has promised to create jobs and to make America great again, Travel & Tourism seems the most obvious answer. After all, the livelihood of millions of Americans depends on people being able to use planes, trains and automobiles to spend their tourist dollars.

“Travel & Tourism thrives by breaking down barriers, not building them; by making it easier for people to travel, not applying blanket bans. Our sector bridges divides between cultures, fosters understanding across religious and geographic boundaries. It is a massive generator of jobs and economic growth.” Scowsill concluded.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Destinations

10 bucket list-worthy places for every traveller type

by Sophie Harrison

We had Surfers Paradise Wax Museum atop our bucket list, but have since replaced it with the Trash Museum in Connecticut.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

The Big Fat Airline Wrap

It’s the very best of airline news rounded up in one place. And if you want to know why there’s a picture of canoes instead of planes you’ll have to click on the article.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Virgin Holidays leads by example in sealife tourism

by Hannah Edensor

Virgin Holidays continues to protest animals in captivity, and we’re totally on board if you don’t count the rat we trapped in our kitchen last night.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel’s pay gap between men and women bigger than ever

by Hannah Edensor

Do you have a sneaking suspicion your male counterpart earns more than you? Like a lot more? Confirm your hunch with this shocking news.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Agents Continue to send clients to Hawai’i

by Amy Bryant

Aussies’ love affair with Hawai’i continues to grow. That’s not to suggest there’s any extramarital shenanigans going on, however.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Golfing tourists in tragic crash near Essendon Airport

by Hannah Edensor

Tragedy strikes Essendon Airport this morning after a charter flight carrying golfers to King Island crashed into shops shortly after take-off.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Win a luxe Vanuatu holiday for two

Did you miss yesterday’s story on how to win a luxury trip to Vanuatu? We hit CTRL-A, CTRL-C and voila – here it is again!

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Get a look at Azamara’s new ship arriving in Melbourne

Azamara sounds like a spell out of Harry Potter, but instead it’s the proud parents of Azamara Journey, the ship making her first trip down under.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel agent completes $15,000 bookings while in labour

by Hannah Edensor

We’ve never given birth ourselves but if the movies are anything to go by, we should be shouting ‘Give me my epidural’, not ‘How much for a room?’

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Ormina Tours Redefines the Small Group Travel Experience

by Amy Bryant

Thesmall group itineraries are intimate and uniquely designed. But if its not for you, private journeys are tailor-made exactly to your interests, providing a personalised luxury European experience.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

What will happen when millenials start river cruising?

by Tara Harrison

Uniworld’s new millennial product promises it won’t be a booze cruise, leaving us no choice but to withdraw our booking.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

It’s The Big Fat Wholesaler Wrap

by Amy Bryant

This very detailed and insightful wrap up of wholesaler news is A+. Well, that’s the feedback anyway, we haven’t read it yet.

Share

CommentComments