Around half of European buyers expect a reduction in business travel for their company following US president Donald Trump’s revised executive order on travel.
The study from the GBTA said because of the travel ban, 17 per cent of European buyers have already cancelled business travel to the US.
On Monday, Trump signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen will once more be subject to a 90-day travel ban.
The GBTA poll of 148 European buyers also showed that 38 per cent are ‘less willing’ to send business travellers to the US in the future because of the ban and 45 per cent indicated their company will be ‘less willing’ to plan future meetings and events in the US.
“There is always the risk that closing our borders sends the message that the United States is closed for business, and the results of this poll show the perception of the United States as a welcoming destination for business travel has been altered,” said Michael W. McCormick.
“As we always say, security is paramount, but GBTA continues to be a proponent for expanding proven security programs and developing new technology to facilitate information-sharing among governments to ensure travelers are always vetted properly, making us all more safe and secure,” said McCormick.
Additional findings from the polls:
- 44 per cent of European travel professionals reported their organisation currently has employees traveling abroad who might be or are affected by the current travel ban.
- 20 per cent of European travel professionals reported there are directives within their organization to cancel or delay travel of employees who are nationals of countries included in the ban.
- When asked about top concerns regarding the immigration ban on your travelers, increased traveler harassment in general (41 per cent), uncertainty regarding green card and approved visa credibility to enter the United States (34 per cent), and harassment of U.S. travelers to and from the Middle East (34 per cent) topped the list. More than one-third (34 per cent), however, didn’t share any of the concerns listed.