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The Trump Slump Claims Another Victim: Students Coming to Study at U.S. Colleges

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/17/2017, 9:00 PM

In earlier blogs, I discussed the recent sharp decline in foreign tourism coming to vacation in the United States—far more than a few million fewer visitors compared to previous periods. To those figures, in statistics released just days ago, we now need to figure in a drop of several hundreds of thousands of fewer foreign students coming to the United States to study in our places of learning. ...

Hotel for Liberals Coming to Washington, D.C.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/15/2017, 12:30 AM

Well-to-do liberal travelers with lodging preferences that are more detailed than "anywhere but a Trump hotel" now have a brand aimed squarely at securing their business.  In 2018, Langham Hospitality Group is relaunching its Eaton hotels, now renamed Eaton Workshop, with properties in Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong (where Langham is based). Programming, amenities, and artwork will be intended to...

U.S. Government Makes It Harder for Americans to Visit Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2017, 9:30 PM

Travel to Cuba gets tougher for Americans this week. New rules released by the Trump Administration ban most independent travel to the island, requiring visitors from the U.S. to rely on authorized "people-to-people" tour companies instead. That's a return to the way things were before President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015. In June of this year, his successor an...

NAACP Issues Stunning Warning Against Travel to Missouri

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2017, 12:00 AM

The NAACP has announced it is advising all African Americans to avoid travel to and through the entire state of Missouri. Its reason? The dubious safety of African Americans traveling in that increasingly conservative state.  According to this long-established organization for people of color, numerous small towns in Missouri—especially suburbs of St. Louis and Kansas City—have adopted the atti...

Foreign Students Are Now Among the Groups Reducing Plans to Visit the U.S. in Reaction to Trump's Hostility

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/30/2017, 12:00 AM

Because of Pres. Trump's policies, are foreign students becoming wary of U.S. universities? Arthur Frommer considers how that could damage the travel industry and the U.S. economy overall....

Trump's Travel Ban Appears to Have Caused Drop in Flight Bookings to U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/13/2017, 5:00 AM

President Donald Trump wanted to ban travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, but it looks like his executive order to that effect dissuaded international travelers from a whole bunch of other places from visiting the United States as well. From January 27, when the president signed the 90-day ban on nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria, to February 4, when ...

In Final Days in Office, Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/17/2017, 5:00 AM

On Thursday, during Barack Obama's last full week in office, the president did for the (probably) last time something he's done more than anybody else who's occupied the White House: He designated some new national monuments. Five of them, to be exact.   Exercising his power under the 1906 Antiquities Act to preserve sites of historic, cultural, and ecological importance, Obama added t...

Will He or Won't He? Trump Has Not Withdrawn His Threat to Forbid Travel to Cuba

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/14/2016, 10:30 PM

American cruise lines are preparing to enter the Cuban market with force, but will politics quash the budding potential for new jobs, new revenue, and new explorations?...

Trump Still Threatening to Reverse Obama's Cuba Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/30/2016, 5:00 AM

President-elect Donald Trump continues to threaten that he'll undo President Barack Obama's 2014 deal to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Following the November 25 death of Fidel Castro, Trump tweeted on Monday, "If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban-American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal." Trump used s...

Melania Trump's Native Country, Slovenia, Anticipates New Interest After Election

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/22/2016, 5:00 AM

The small Central European nation of Slovenia could be an unexpected beneficiary of the 2016 presidential election. It's the native country of Melania Trump, who will be the first foreign-born first lady in 191 years (the last was John Quincy Adams's British wife, Louisa).  Slovenia's tourism officials clearly think that the Melania link might bring some new interest and new visitors t...

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