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Trump travel ban could have negative impact on industry, MPI says

MPI president Paul Van Deventer has expressed concern over the US president's controversial executive order

Pictured: Paul Van Deventer

Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could have negative impacts on the meeting and event industry, according to MPI.

The US president issued an executive order last week halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries, sparking protests and condemnation in the US and across the world.

Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International and co-chair of Meetings Mean Business, said: “We are concerned the recently signed US executive order on immigration and refugees could have negative impacts on our global membership community and the meeting and event industry.

“MPI is lending its full support to the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and their efforts to monitor this issue and understand potential implications. We will unite with fellow coalition members to advocate for our industry, sharing updates with our members on how Meetings Mean Business is ‘reaffirming that it’s critical to strike the right balance between enhanced security and travel facilitation.’”

Meetings Mean Business has also issued a statement on the ban, saying it “has led to concern and confusion across the meetings industry.”

The statement, issued by van Deventer and fellow co-chair Richard Harper, said: “Our industry is all about bringing people together, fostering relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting communities. We are continuing to monitor the issue and will be reaching out to our members to understand how the executive order is affecting them.

“We urge the administration to conduct its review of the visa issuance protocols quickly, and trust that it will yield an even more secure travel security system that protects international travelers and welcomes them into our country whether traveling for a meeting or leisure.” 

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