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Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017
According to David Scowsill, President and CEO of the WTTC said during an address on Tuesday at the Routes America aviation conference in Las Vegas, “ 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 and tourism sector.” Scowsill further added that strict visa policies and inward-looking sentiment led to a $600 billion loss in tourism revenues in the decade after 9/11, with 9% drop in international arrivals during 2001-2009. With election of President Trump, the U.S. is in danger of going in the same direction, which could be a huge blow to the country’s travel and tourism sector, which contributes over 8% of the country’s GDP. Tourism also supports around 10% of total employment in the U.S.
Scowsill gave five pieces of advice for the President’s advisors: Recognizing that travel is a key generator of American jobs and economic growth; Keeping tourism free from politics. Banning people from specific countries will not make Americans safer; Remembering the decade of lost economic growth. Travelers have choice and they will go elsewhere; Using technology available to share information. This will ensure that only the right people arrive at borders in the first place and consulting with the industry before change. This will make implementation of policies more organized, fair and less damaging.