Travel CEOs Outline Concerns for Trump

U.S. Travel Association officials and CEOs from 13 USTA member companies met with President Trump and senior administration officials at the White House Sept. 4 to discuss the economic impact of travel and tourism and the importance of inbound travel to trade deficit reduction. The conversation focused on ways the administration and the travel industry… Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision June 26 that President Trump has not exceeded his authority in banning travelers from certain countries in the name of national security. Lower courts had struck down each of three iterations of the president’s travel ban, the first of which was announced in January 2017 at the… Read more »

Visit U.S. Coalition Comments on Visa Screening

ASAE and other members of the Visit U.S. Coalition jointly submitted comments this week on the State Department’s plans to heighten its scrutiny of U.S. visa applicants’ social media histories, a move which would affect more than 14 million people a year. The proposed new rules from the State Department would require visa applicants to… Read more »

U.S. Granting Fewer Visitor Visas

The U.S. granted 13 percent fewer visitor visas over the past 12 months, according to State Department data analyzed by POLITICO. Of the 48 nations analyzed by POLITICO, 37 experienced a decline while only 11 were up from the 2016 monthly average. A State Department official contacted for comment said, “Visa demand is cyclical and… Read more »

Supreme Court Appears to Back Travel Ban

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court signaled this week during oral arguments that they are inclined to allow the third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban to stand. The Supreme Court has already allowed the current ban, issued last fall, to go into effect while agreeing to address the question of whether Trump exceeded… Read more »