BTN Europe presents an overview of business travel and MICE predictions for this year
Virtual, 25 February 2021
ExCeL London - 22-23 June 2021
Around half of European buyers expect a reduction in business travel for their company following US president Donald Trump’s revised executive order on travel.
The study from the GBTA said because of the travel ban, 17 per cent of European buyers have already cancelled business travel to the US.
On Monday, Trump signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen will once more be subject to a 90-day travel ban.
The GBTA poll of 148 European buyers also showed that 38 per cent are ‘less willing’ to send business travellers to the US in the future because of the ban and 45 per cent indicated their company will be ‘less willing’ to plan future meetings and events in the US.
“There is always the risk that closing our borders sends the message that the United States is closed for business, and the results of this poll show the perception of the United States as a welcoming destination for business travel has been altered,” said Michael W. McCormick.
“As we always say, security is paramount, but GBTA continues to be a proponent for expanding proven security programs and developing new technology to facilitate information-sharing among governments to ensure travelers are always vetted properly, making us all more safe and secure,” said McCormick.Additional findings from the polls: