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
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WASHINGTON—With Congress barrelling into yet another big budget battle this week, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is headed halfway around the world to Asia. During the government shutdown last month, he was in the Middle East.And even as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation draws closer to U.S. President Donald Trump himself, vacuuming up interviews and documents from senior Trump advisers, Pence largely has stayed out of the conversation. He has not been asked to speak with Mueller, according to a person familiar with the vice-president’s operation who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Both by coincidence and design, Pence has managed to skirt some of the biggest controversies of the Trump administration. And he’s got a full schedule of political and international travel for the rest of 2018 that could help keep him at arm’s length from domestic troubles. Read more: Donald Trump … [Read more...] about U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence’s approach to White House troubles: He wasn’t there
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