Pondering the week that transpired, when potential trade wars and the hawkish appointment of John Bolton as U.S. President Trump's national security adviser stoked fears from Washington to Seoul, we're reminded anew that the travel industry doesn't operate in a bubble. There haven't been any hints yet that Beijing might tell Chinese travelers that Disney World is off limits in retaliation for U.S.-imposed tariffs, but airline executives are candid that travel demand could be a casualty of the U.S.-China standoff.
Can the U.S. travel industry afford to play footsie with a White House that is working against its best interests? That's what the lobbying group, the U.S. Travel Association, did this week by praising and endorsing the confirmation of Kevin McAleenan as U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner. As our story notes, McAleenan has carried out policies that stifle inbound tourism and hurt business travel in the name of security and nativist policies. In these tumultuous times, the travel industry — and the world — deserve better.