GBTA Poll Says Revised Travel Ban Won't End Disruption
Following the introduction of President Trump's revised executive order on travel this week, the Global Business Travel Association polled its U.S. and European members to assess their expectations of impact on business travel.
The results are not encouraging.
Nearly 4 in 10 (37%) U.S. business travel professionals expect some level of reduction in their company's travel because of the revised executive order. Even more European travel professionals felt this way, with 47% expecting some level of reduction in business travel for their company.
Additionally, 17% of European travel professionals reported that their company has already cancelled business travel to the United States because of the executive orders issued.
Thirty-eight percent of European business travel professionals said their companies would be less willing to send business travellers to the United States in the future because of the executive order and 45% indicated their company will be less willing to plan future meetings and events in the United States.
"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 GBTA Executive Director 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."
U.S. travel professionals expressed similar levels of support and opposition for the revised travel ban as they did for the original one. Just over half (52%) of the travel professionals surveyed strongly or somewhat oppose this action, while 35% strongly or somewhat support it, compared to 50% percent and 38% percent, respectively, in the GBTA's initial poll.