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World Travel & Tourism Council condemns Trump's travel ban

WTTC says Executive Order halting people from seven Muslim-majority countries is wrong

Pictured: David Scowsill, president and CEO of the WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has condemned Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

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.

David Scowsill, president and CEO of the WTTC, said: “The executive order issued by US President Trump on 27 January 2017 banning travel to the US from seven countries for 90 days goes directly against the fundamental right of freedom to travel. It has created immense confusion among travellers and travel companies worldwide.

“WTTC believes that all people have the right to cross international borders safely and efficiently for business and tourism purposes. The blanket suspension of admittance of travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen to the US flies against this principle. Suspending travel based only on a person’s nationality or their origin is wrong.”

Many travellers have been unnecessarily disrupted, due to the unclear nature of the executive order, coupled with a lack of prior consultation and poor communication to airlines and border officials.

Scowsill added: “If this move by the Trump administration is designed to ‘prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals’, it is important to point out that the vast majority of terrorist attacks in the recent past have been perpetrated by home grown, radicalised nationals of the country involved. None of the shocking domestic incidents in the US since 2001 have been attributed to external terrorists who have specifically flown into the country to commit an atrocity.

“Preventing 'aliens' from entering the US for legitimate business or leisure purposes is misguided and counter-productive for the American economy. Travel and tourism bridges divides between cultures, fosters understanding across religious and geographic boundaries, and generates more peaceful co-existence. Our sector is responsible for the livelihoods of millions worldwide. The US has suffered in the past from similar isolationist policies. We urge the Trump administration to reconsider this ban.”

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