January 31, 2020
Alexandria, VA, January 31, 2020 – Zane Kerby, President and CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) issues the following statement in reaction to the Trump Administration's recent immigration executive order:
“ASTA is closely monitoring reports that the Trump Administration intends to restrict citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan and other countries from applying for visas to immigrate to the U.S.
“While this most recent order has far fewer direct impacts on travel, the 2017 travel ban injected a great deal of uncertainty into the travel industry, from disruption to travelers to or from the countries flagged by the Administration to fear about how Americans will be received abroad to aborted business and leisure trips. Our research indicates that thirty percent of travelers who plan to take a personal trip are concerned that changing regulations in obtaining a visa will affect their travel.
“ASTA will keep a close eye on these recent developments with an eye toward preventing negative impacts to our members’ businesses. We urge the Administration to expeditiously set clear rules of the road so that travel industry stakeholders can serve their clients, that travel disruptions are kept to a minimum and that the traveling public can maintain confidence in an industry vital to our nation’s economy.”
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.