The chief executive of Marriott International warns that President Donald Trump’s immigration policies are damaging the U.S. tourism industry because foreign travelers are avoiding America.
Arne Sorenson, chief executive of Marriott International, told the Financial Times that there were signs that “companies and conferences were also choosing to host events in other countries due to the uncertainty over restrictions on entry” to the U.S.
Trump’s quest to impose a travel ban on visitors from some countries harmed America’s reputation as a “friendly” destination.
“The [new U.S. administration’s] actions around travel are not helpful,” Sorenson told the Financial Times at the official opening of Marriott Marquis hotel in Houston, Texas. “There’s no doubt about that. There’s no way to anticipate that they will be good news,” he said.
The ban is “not good, period,” said Sorenson, according to the Post.
To be sure, the New York Post reported that Sorenson said