Business Travel from Europe Is Expected to Drop Thanks to Trump Travel Ban

The GBTA conducted its email poll of European members before those rulings, between Thursday and Friday. The organization released the results, which included responses from 68 participants, Friday afternoon. That followed a similar survey of travel buyers in the United States by the organization earlier in the week. European buyers expect the impact of the ban to be much stronger than their American counterparts do.

Key Takeaways:

  • President Donald Trump has attracted global attention for his ban of travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In this photo, protesters demonstrate outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong.
  • While it’s unclear how much of the Trump administration’s travel ban will remain in place — or how it might continue to evolve — companies abroad are already planning to send fewer business travelers to the U.S.
  • If the United States sees a decline in the number of business travelers from Europe this year, President Donald Trump’s travel ban will likely bear some of the blame.

“Over the next three months, 49 percent of those who responded expect a reduction in business travel; that’s compared to 31 percent of buyers in the U.S. for the same time frame.”