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ROLLING UP THE WELCOME MAT?
How DMOs and the greater meetings and events industry can best
respond when anti-travel politics intervene

On Saturday, May 6, Discover Los Angeles gathered some 1,000 workers from hotels, restaurants, airports and other tourism businesses to stand in a park just north of Los Angeles International Airport and hold up signs spelling out “welcome” in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

On Saturday, May 6, Discover Los Angeles gathered some 1,000 workers from hotels, restaurants, airports and other tourism businesses to stand in a park just north of Los Angeles International Airport and hold up signs spelling out “welcome” in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

By Ann Shepphird

On January 27, six days into the Trump presidency, an executive order was signed that banned U.S. entry to citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days. It also indefinitely halted refugees from Syria. The action immediately sparked protests at airports across the United States and was followed by a number of court rulings blocking the order (followed by a new, revised executive order and then more court rulings blocking that order).

Although the travel bans were never officially implemented, the confusion they wrought—not to mention more recent restrictions banning electronic devices on airlines coming from certain countries and tough new visa-vetting practices—have caused a huge disruption in travel to the United States.

To read the rest of this story in the digital edition of 2017 Destination Marketing, please click here.

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