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Trump travel ban given go ahead as US tourism falls

The decision will prevent travellers from six mainly Muslim countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen
05/12/2017

Pictured: President Donald Trump

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban can go ahead, pending legal challenges.

The decision will prevent travellers from six mainly Muslim countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen - from entering the US.

The news comes just days after the US Department of Commerce National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) revealed that the number of international visitors arriving in the US declined nearly four per cent in the first six months of this year.

There were declines in arrivals from almost every region of the world, with fewer travellers from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

The industry has long been warning that the president’s anti-foreigner rhetoric and policies would lead to a drop in tourism.

And in April, Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, described the ban as “not good, period” and claimed that travel to the US from the Middle East and North Africa had fallen by 30 per cent.


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