By Armina Ligaya The Canadian Press Thu., Oct. 25, 2018 Shifting statements from U.S. border officials have prompted some Canadian cannabis industry players to think twice about travelling south of the border, just weeks before a significant pot industry conference in Las Vegas. A spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that even if a Canadian traveller’s business does not operate in the U.S., they could be denied entry if their travel activities are cannabis-related. “If the purpose of travel is unrelated to the marijuana industry such as a vacation, shopping trip, visit to relatives, they will generally be admissible to the U.S. however if they are coming for reasons related to the industry, such as the conference... they may be found inadmissible,” said Stephanie Malin, U.S. CBP’s branch chief for northern/coastal regions in an email. On Oct. 17, Canada became the second country in the world after Uruguay to legalize … [Read more...] about Pot industry players weigh benefits of cross-border travel after latest U.S. statement
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By Amanda Coletta The Washington Post Thu., March 22, 2018 When U.S. President Donald Trump issued his first executive order banning nationals from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, some Canadians reacted by vowing to boycott travelling south of the border. Within days, Canadians of all stripes — academics, school board superintendents, thriller writers, even Girl Scouts — followed through with those pledges, abruptly cancelling trips to the United States. Travel and tourism officials feared the ban would dent America’s image as a foreigner-friendly country and lead to a “Trump slump,” dealing a blow to an industry that had only just recovered from a $600 billion loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and 2010, according to the U.S. Travel Association. There has been a slump. While international tourism arrivals worldwide increased 7 per cent in 2017 — a seven-year high — the United States is missing out on that … [Read more...] about Fewer tourists are visiting the U.S. under Trump. But Canadians didn’t get the memo
BOSTON—Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released details Thursday about the next steps for the 60,000 Haitians with the special status, an agency spokeswoman told The Associated Press.But the information comes too late to help the thousands of Haitians who hold immigration documents that show their legal and work status expiring Monday, said immigrants and advocates, some of whom wondered — in light of the president’s recent remarks about Haiti — if the bureaucratic slowdown was deliberate. Read more: UN condemns Trump’s remark on Haiti, African countries as ‘racist’ … [Read more...] about Haitians in U.S. face job, travel hurdles after protected-status renewal delays
It can’t be easy to tell high-achieving students that they can’t attend international competitions in the United States. But that’s exactly what the Toronto District School Board did last year after President Donald Trump imposed a ban on residents from six mostly-Muslim countries. TDSB chair Robin Pilkey explained at the time that the board is committed to equity and inclusiveness so “it’s not appropriate that some students would not be able to attend based on their country of birth.” In other words, everyone should go, or no one should go.That was the right decision then and it’s the right one now. The board should stick with it despite a rising tide of pleas from some students who are worried about missing out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Among them are Maisha Fahmida and Maheep Bagha, who last year travelled to a conference held by DECA, an international association of high school and college students in business, finance and … [Read more...] about School board should not bend on travel ban to U.S.
Persuading international travellers to visit the United States never used to be difficult. But things have gotten a little more complicated.According to the Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office, the number of international visitors in the first half of 2017 fell 4 per cent from a year earlier. Those in the travel industry point to factors such as a global market that gives tourists more possible destinations, the strength of the dollar and tightening visa restrictions.They also say the messages coming from the White House — the latest example being U.S. President Donald Trump’s vulgar comment about Haiti and African nations — play a role.“Although the policy of the administration has not been targeted towards tourists, per se, tourists around the world are asking themselves whether they’re welcome in the United States,” said Daniel Korschun, associate professor of marketing at Drexel University, who focuses on the … [Read more...] about U.S. advertisers are luring tourists by avoiding Trump’s rough talk