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Travel Assn: Trump Immigration Halt Cost Industry $185 Million

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 05:22 PM

Business travelers spent almost $200 million less during the week President Donald Trump's travel ban was in place, according to a new report.

The Hill cites data from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) that shows there was a $185 million decrease in travel bookings among business travelers after Trump signed the executive order. The directive suspended immigration from seven countries with a terror presence and also halted the flow of refugees to the United States.

The GBTA said Trump's order — which is now on hold as it's sorted out in the court system — cast a blanket of uncertainty on airline travel.

"Business travel drives lasting business growth and is a leading indicator for jobs and the economy at large," GBTA's executive director Michael W. McCormick told The Hill.

"Upholding the travel ban will clearly cause a rippling effect through the travel industry, ultimately hurting the economy. It also unleashes travel disruption like we saw when the order was first implemented."

The GBTA conducted a poll last week that concluded almost half of European business travelers believe their company will cut back on business travel over the next three months, which is the length of Trump's immigration ban from seven countries. Thirty-one percent of U.S. business travelers said the same.

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