Sun | Jan 21, 2018

Trump ban not affecting tourism — industry stakeholders

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2017 | 10:02 AM

Jamaica’s tourism stakeholders say they are not overly concerned with the temporary ban on travel to the United States for some nationals.

US president Donald Trump’s recent immigration orders, ban residents of Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq and Sudan from travelling to the US for the next three months.

The US is Jamaica’s number one source market, supplying the country with approximately 70 per cent of its market share.

However, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson says members have had no cancellations as a result of the order.

Robinson says his association is hoping there will be no major fallout.

He notes that Jamaica does not get any significant numbers from any of the banned countries.

When asked about green card holders who vacation here, and who may fear leaving the US in the event they can’t re-enter, Robinson said this would be a wait and see situation.