Saturday, February 25, 2017

How Badly Will Señor Trumpanzee Tank The American Travel Industry?


Roland and I go away twice a year-- once in the summer and once around Christmas. Last June we went to Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia and Baku in Azerbaijan. We're thinking about a Paris trip and a Tierra del Fuego trip for our next two. But Roland's worried that Trump is going to make it tougher for Americans to travel safely and comfortable abroad. How friendly are Mexicans going to be, for example, towards Americans if things keep getting worse. And Parisians may be able to laugh at Trump's ignorant fear mongering about their city now but sooner or later someone, somehwhere is going to think he's not funny.

In fact, Frommer's took a look at Trump's impact on tourism and travel from the opposite perspective-- how his idiocy is killing the multibillion dollar U.S. tourist industry. Arthur Former himself wrote about a Trump Slump that is already causing a "devastating drop in tourism to the U.S. and that "the loss of tourism jobs could be devastating."
Though they may differ as to the wisdom of the move, the travel press and most travel experts are of one mind: They are currently drawing attention to an unintended consequence of the Trump-led efforts to stop many Muslims from coming to the U.S., pointing to a sharp drop in foreign tourism to our nation that imperils jobs and touristic income.

It’s known as the “Trump Slump.” And I know of no reputable travel publication to deny it.

Thus, the prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an “official” travel publication as they come) has set the decline in foreign tourism at 6.8%. And the fall-off is not limited to Muslim travelers, but also extends to all incoming foreign tourists. Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all.

As far as travel by distinct religious groups, flight passengers from the seven Muslim-majority nations named by Trump were down by 80% in the last week of January and first week of February, according to Forward Keys, a well-known firm of travel statisticians. On the web, flight searches for trips heading to the U.S. out of all international locations was recently down by 17%.

A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States-- and thus lost-- would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like.

While, earlier in the year, the Administration had boasted of saving 800 jobs in the Carrier Corporation, the drop-off in employment resulting from the travel ban would eclipse that figure.

According to the Global Business Travel Association, in only a single week following announcement of the ban against certain foreign tourists, the activity of business travel declined by nearly $185 million.

Other observers, including local tourist offices, have reached similar conclusions. In referring to New York City’s $60 billion tourist industry alone, the head of the city’s tourist effort complained that his agency’s effort to portray the United States as a welcoming destination to foreign citizens “was all in jeopardy.” Several other tourist officials have made like statements.

As you can see, there is plenty of evidence for a negative conclusion.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has been highly critical of Trumpy-the-Clown's attempt to ban travel to the U.S. by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. The council's CEO, David Scowsil,l challenged the fascist regime directly, warning that Trump's idiotic approach could bring about a long-term slump in tourism to the U.S. He told Travel Weekly that "The more people travel, the more people spread understanding, the better off we'll be around the world." He spoke of "the reverberation that America is closing down, is not open for any business and that people are looking at whether they want to travel here or not, for both business or leisure. So there is a risk if this is not turned around that we will see a drop-off of international passengers coming to the U.S."

When confronted with Trump's rationale for the ban-- safeguarding Americans-- he simply pointed out that Trump's scaremongering is bullshit. "There is no incident in the last 30 years of a national from one of those seven countries coming to the United States to commit any type of terrorist killing. If you compare that with the domestic shootings that happen in the United States, for the last 10 years there has been an average of 11,700 Americans killed in domestic shootings. The message is: focus on what is going on domestically and don't assume that any of these gun incidents are going to be committed by people flying in to do that type of activity."

And this is the kind of crap Trump is enabling among the racist garbage crawling around in places like Kansas. A violent Trumpist moron started screaming "Get out of my country" and shot two men from India. This is just terrible; and this is integral to the ugliness that is Trumpism.

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At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only travel by air when there is no other alternative. I'm not fond of being groped, poked, prodded, and treated like a criminal only to have to sit in a seat too small for a midget with my feet off the deck and my knees in my teeth and no way to get to the rest room before the seat belt signs come on - AGAIN!

I'd rather flap my arms like Icarus than board a plane.

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. Not many jews visited Germany in the late '30s and '40s either. I figure only the least informed and dumbest nonwhite tourists will be visiting during drumpf and after... but that's fine with the duck dynasty Nazis running things.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: "There is no incident in the last 30 years of a national from one of those seven countries coming to the United States to commit any type of terrorist killing."

Indeed, DESPITE the fact that these countries a) have been destroyed, b) are currently being destroyed, or c) are on the short-list to be destroyed by the self-proclaimed global guarantor of freedom, justice and the (mass-murderous) "American way."

Iraq has been the target of the last five US presidents while the US campaign of death against global Islam has been waged essentially continuously as a "logically" necessary aspect of the post WWII "cold-war" that really has never ended and is "cold" only to Americans who are geographically and intellectually isolated from it.

To act as though Herr Hair's travel ban is in any way a unique atrocity against non-Christians is dangerously self-deluding and counter-productive to any effective approach to neutralization of the global death campaign of the US empire.

John Puma


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