The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - 14

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FEATURE

Industry Controls its Response to

U.S. Travel Ban
by Annette Redican

"I

s it safe to travel to the U.S.? For
many Canadians and permanent
residents, uncertainty lingers!" So
read the headline on the January
30th issue of the National Post. It's hard
to imagine a time would come when this
would be the question Canadians were
pondering before planning a trip to visit
our normally wonderfully-welcoming
neighbour to the south.
Given the long-established and
venerable relationship between Canada
and the U.S. and how each nation's
robust tourism industry relies, in no
small part, on their citizens visiting their
respective countries, the question would
have seemed beyond far-fetched, indeed.
But for the better part of this year, this
is where a percentage of Canadians have
found themselves - their uncertainty
following the announcement and
immediate implementation of President
Trump's January 2017 travel ban.
By way of background, following a
chaotic initial roll-out of the travel ban,
the legislation, issued by Presidential
Executive Order, has undergone several
evolutions. Almost immediately,
federal judges ruled against key parts
of the original order banning travel
from seven predominantly Muslim
countries. Subsequently, a revised
version - which was narrower in
scope - was issued in March. Key
changes included the exclusion of

Iraq from the list of barred countries
and removed language prioritizing
refugees in minority religious groups.
Once again, federal judges blocked
provisions in the ban and it was again
placed on hold until the Supreme Court
heard the preliminary case in June,
which saw the Court allow portions of
it to go back into effect on June 29, until
it can rule on the case in October. As of
time of printing, the ban prevents travel
to the U.S. by nationals of Somalia,
Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Iran for
90 days. Separately, it stopped all refugee
resettlement for 120 days. However, the
Supreme Court said that it can't apply
to any individual who has a "bona fide"
relationship to a person or entity in the
U.S. The definition of what that entailed
was left open to interpretation.
Meanwhile, American officials are
continuing to conduct an intensive
analysis of the screening procedures
currently in place to prevent threats.
Potentially, visitors from countries that do
not provide sufficient information to meet
new screening guidelines that will be in
place at the end of the review may be
barred from entering the United States.
When the travel ban was introduced,
in what many perceived to be frenzied
fashion, the word on Canada's streets - in
both the travel and mainstream press,
along with the industry scuttlebutt - was
that many Canadian travellers and a
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significant number of international
prospective visitors were no longer
considering travel to the U.S. Almost
immediately there were reports that a
number of prospective Canadian tour
clients were exploring other options
within Canada due to the Trump
administration's introduction of the
restrictive policy. 
In mid-April, a headline in the
Washington Post trumpeted, "Even
Canadians are skipping trips to the
U.S. after Trump travel ban" and the
lengthy article that followed detailed
the experience of a number of groups
who had booked south of the border but,
mindful of members of their group who
were permanent residents born in the
countries impacted by the ban, elected to
go to Canadian destinations instead.
Indicative of the reaction to the ban,
the Toronto District School Board,
Canada's largest representing in excess
of 250,000 students in 600 schools,
responded to the implementation by
placing a moratorium on travel to the
U.S., pointing to the uncertainty of
the new travel restrictions. Director of
Education John Malloy was quoted as
saying, in effect, that students should not
be placed into situations of potentially
being turned away at the U.S./Canadian
border. It was reported he was quick to
stress that TDSB remained committed to
fairness, equity and inclusion. Ryan Bird,



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Fall 2017

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Industry Controls Its Response to U.S. Travel Ban
Will Competition From Airbnb Disrupt the Travel Industry? It Depends on Who You Ask
OMCA’s 2017 Golf Tournament
Badder Bus Operations
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Issues Update
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Industry Controls Its Response to U.S. Travel Ban
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Will Competition From Airbnb Disrupt the Travel Industry? It Depends on Who You Ask
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