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Trump travel ban hits US luxury hotel market

Ban has seen travel to the US from the Middle East and North Africa fall by 30 per cent, says Marriott CEO
13/04/2017

Pictured: Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson

President Trump’s travel ban has seen travel to the US from the Middle East and North Africa fall by 30 per cent, a hotel chief executive has claimed.

Travellers from the Middle East and North Africa tend to spend disproportionately higher on hotel bills, so their absence hurts luxury hotels the hardest.

Speaking at a meeting in Dubai, Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International - the world’s largest hotel operator - said the ban was “not good, period”.

And at an investor day in March, Sorenson revealed that bookings at Marriott in February from the regions affected by the travel ban fell by up to 30 per cent.

Marriott spokeswoman Connie Kim said: “We are clearly monitoring this carefully.”

According to industry sources the Ritz-Carlton and the St. Regis are the Marriott brands most affected by the ban.

Speaking to the New York Post, David Chase, former general manager of the Lotte New York Palace hotel, said: “In a banner year, business from these guests can contribute up to 10 percent of annual room revenues — or about $12 million. They travel in groups of 20 to 80 and they will take entire floors at the hotel for months at a time.”



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