European companies say they are less likely to take events to the US
The revised executive order bans citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days; removing Iraq from the list.
Nearly four in 10 US business travel professionals expect some level of reduction in business travel for their company, while 47 per cent of European travel professionals expressed this same concern.
Additionally, 17 per cent of European travel professionals reported that their company has already cancelled business travel to the US because of the executive orders and 45 per cent indicated their company will be less willing to plan future meetings and events in the US.
GBTA executive director and chief operating officer Michael McCormick said the executive order has changed business travellers’ perception of 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,” he said.
“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 travellers are always vetted properly, making us all more safe and secure.”