Published on : Thursday, February 23, 2017
Unlike other travel industry organizations going for cautious approach and lobbying, the WTTC has been highly critical of President Trump’s attempt to ban travel to the U.S. by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. WTTC CEO David Scowsill challenged the Trump administration straightforwardly, saying that the President’s approach to security could bring about a continuing slump in tourism to the U.S. Scowsill was speaking at the Routes Americas aviation conference in Las Vegas last week.
He said that as an organization, they stand for the freedom to travel. As an organization is freedom to travel. The more people travel, the more people spread understanding. He said that this ban is representing the image of America in a negative way to the world and restricting travel – both for business and leisure. If this isn’t turned around, there is a risk of slump in international tourists to the U.S. Scowsill said domestic terror incidents in the U.S. have claimed a lot of lives in the last ten years, and there’s no way that all terror activities are committed by people flying in to the States.
Scowsill said that as n effect of this travel ban, people are less likely to come to the U.S. with lesser bookings. He said that in the aviation conference, WTTC’s main objectives are principally focused around keeping open skies open and not putting up barriers and getting people to move through the system, using technologies like electronic visa processing.