Buyers See Administration Policies as Negative for Business Travel
A survey by the Global Business Travel Association showed that 62 percent of US travel buyers believe the Administration’s policies are having a negative impact on business travel. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of US travel buyers reported that executive orders have driven at least some level of reduction in their company’s travel. Additionally, 37 percent expect some level of reduction going forward because of this week’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold the travel ban. More than half of US travel buyers also reported concerns of increased traveler harassment due to certain policies and messaging on travel and immigration, while 40 percent worry about a reduction in business travel to the US. In a statement, GBTA said that safe and secure travel can be insured through other proven security measures, including continued expansion of the Visa Waiver Program, the implementation of additional trusted traveler reciprocal agreements with countries where possible and encouraging relevant agencies to find more areas of cooperation to pool resources and intelligence.