The number of flight searches to the U.S. from international destinations was down 17 percent from the last three weeks of President Obama’s presidency the week President Trump signed a travel ban on individuals from seven countries, according to Hopper. The decline does not seem seasonal, as last year there was a 1.8 percent decline in the same period. For more data regarding this change, click here.
The U.S. has warned travelers visiting Iraq to be cautious because it has received credible threats of terrorist activity on hotels in Baghdad. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad has also received threats. For more information on hotels in the Iraqi capital, click here.
IHG has notified guests that based on an investigation, 12 company-managed properties were impacted by a data breach between August 2016 and December 2016. Malware was installed on servers that processed payment cards. For information on the properties that were breached, click here.
President Trump has relinquished control of Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump Jr. is now president of the company that operates the hotel. But according to Norm Eisen, chief ethics officer for former President Obama, President Trump still holds ownership interest in the company. President Trump’s lease with the U.S. General Services Administration prohibits elected officials from benefiting from the company. For more information, click here.
Increased tension between the U.S. and Mexico has caused anxiety for some travelers. However, Apple Leisure Group says Mexico will likely be even more welcoming to Americans right now in order to counter concerns of tourists. To read more, click here.
The race to enter the U.S. sped up on Sunday for many travelers and refugees who fear the block on the Trump administration’s travel ban won’t last long. However, the ultimate decision on whether the executive order is lawful will likely come down to a Supreme Court ruling. To read more, click here.