The End of Cuba Trips?
“Cuba is a big destination for us and President-Elect Trump has already threatened to terminate the U.S.-Cuba deal. This threat has already [led to] an increase in inquiries from our U.S. clients keen to book and go while relations have eased. India has also seen an uplift since the elections, especially with the family market with a huge surge for this Christmas and New Year.” —Henrietta Loyd of Cazenove & Loyd
“While Donald Trump presents an amazing opportunity for our industry as the first hotelier to become president, the biggest issue we predict will be hostility from other countries toward Americans if Mr. Trump leads us into an inside-focused, nationalistic era. There is already talk of pushback in reforms with respect to Cuba and strife with China.” —Jack Ezon of Ovation Vacations
U.S. Tourism May Drop, and Airfares May Rise
“At a top level, President-Elect Trump ran on limiting the movement of people and goods. That’s not good for travel. In the short-term the world sees the U.S. as less open to tourism and immigration. Meanwhile United, American, and Delta [could] capitalize on Trump’s protectionism [if the government] limits flights to the U.S. by Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar—reducing consumer choice and raising airfares. Trump has spoken very little directly regarding transportation policy. He’s appointed a fairly establishment secretary of transportation in Elaine Chao—a former deputy secretary and former labor secretary married to a Senator [Mitch McConnell]. He’s spoken in favor of major infrastructure investment that would imply upgrades to airports many years from now. Uncertainty surrounding U.S. relations with Cuba could delay investment there.” —Gary Leff of Book Your Award
Travelers Should Have a Back-Up Plan
“Our associated on-site offices are deeply concerned. The fear is that Trump’s actions will be seen as racist and directed specifically toward Muslims. Exclusionary policies will be particularly harmful—the thinking is that if Muslims are restricted in their ability to visit the U.S., [comparable] actions may be taken against American tourists visiting other countries. Travel planners would do well to have a back-up plan emphasizing exciting travel within the U.S.” —Richard Turen of Churchill & Turen
Americans Will Become Ambassadors
“I think travel in 2017 is going to be more eye opening, exciting, and needed than ever in recent history. In a year when…people are trying to gain a perspective on their own future, this quote rings very true to me: “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” (Mary Anne Radmacher) Sometimes, to understand our own place in the world, we need to understand and see the experiences of others. … I think the world will be questioning us and our political system more than they have in a long time.
“As travelers, we are the true ambassadors of our country, and we are going to be questioned about this election and our feelings. In some ways this is refreshing. So often when we travel it’s a voyeuristic experience where we are looking and questioning, but we aren’t being examined. Now, Americans are of interest. Guides, drivers, and locals are going to want to ask about the election, our feelings and views, and our thoughts on the future. I think as travelers this is a wonderful opportunity to engage and discuss and enhance our own experience by sharing it with others.” —Andrea Ross of Journeys Within Tour CompanyWill the U.S. president-elect have a swift impact on borders and tourism in the coming year? We turned to some of our most trusted travel specialists for their perspective.