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The good and bad of Trump's first 100 days: GBTA

Association releases latest report while calling on US government once more to abolish travel bans

Pictured: US President Donald Trump

Lower corporate tax rates and more infrastructure spend are some of the potential impacts on business travel that President Trump could have, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has suggested as it calls on the White House once more to abolish all attempts to revive its controversial travel ban.

The association has assessed the President's first 100 days in its latest report, 2016 Q4 US Business Travel Outlook, where it shares the positive forecasts, along with the negative possibilities. It's negative list includes a protectionist trade policy - which would restrict movement of free goods, services and people - and cuts to the federal workforce, which says it would cut government spend in the short-run.

A GBTA spokesperson reiterated the association's calls to completely abolish the travel ban, adding: "The reality of true policy change, however, will be a slow and volatile process. In the short-term, GBTA urges President Trump and his administration to make clear their intentions around restricting travel moving forward. Uncertainty is bad for business and bad for the economy.

"As we have said, there is no question that security is of the utmost importance. However, instead of closing our borders, the United States should continue to focus on expanding security programs that facilitate information-sharing among governments to ensure properly vetted travellers, making us all more safe and secure.

"The ultimate concern is that the lasting impact of the travel ban, and any future appeals around it, could cause other countries beyond just those named in the ban to think twice about planning meetings and events in the United States. This could create a huge impact as each inbound international business trip increases U.S. merchandise exports to the visited country by $36,000 (£29k) per year and each overseas traveller spends approximately $5,000 (£4k) when they visit. Closing our borders sends a message to the world that the United States is closed for business."

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