The state of Hawaii has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, claiming it will harm Hawaii’s Muslim population, tourism, and foreign students. The executive order will go into effect March 16 and will deny new visas for individuals from six primarily Muslim countries, although it will not apply to those who already have visas. Read more here.
After a slow 2016, Europe is experiencing a strong resurgence in bookings. Travel company Trafalgar says that for the first time in 15 years, it was able to lock in 100 percent of summer bookings, but changing visa requirements could pose a threat. Read more here.
Facebook has rolled out a new feature called “City Guides” that allows app users to view a list of cities their friends visited, along with recommendations of places to visit. The guides work best for individuals who have well-traveled connections, but each city guide also includes a list of “Places the Locals Go.” For more information, click here.
A study from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration reveals that even though 46 percent of travelers intend to hit the hotel gym, only 22 percent actually do so. The gym also yielded the lowest return on investment. Instead, many hotels are offering wellness programs that include on- and off-site activities. Read more here.
The European Parliament said in a vote that U.S. citizens should be denied visa-free travel to the EU before summer because the U.S. does not allow some EU nationals to enter without a visa. For more information, click here.
Due to changing attitudes about travel to the United States, NYC & Company, New York’s tourism marketing organization, has revised its 2017 travel forecast. The company now expects 300,000 fewer international visitors than last year due to the Trump administration’s travel ban and related rhetoric. Read more here.