Month: April 2017

Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in Seattle, so it’s only natural that I would write about the city from time to time.

For example, four years ago I posted the following video, “Seattle in Motion,” Edward Aites’ “moving portrait” full of familiar-to-me scenes of my old hometown.

Seattle in Motion from Edward Aites on Vimeo

And a little over two years ago in “Home (to Seattle) for the Holidays” I wrote about the city of my youth and the city of today.

Finally, in September of 2015, after a visit a month earlier, I gave tips for “Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle.

In recent years, I’ve always assumed that what has sometimes been called the “Emerald City” is a tourist mecca, especially since the streets have always been teeming with visitors when I’ve been in my old hometown. But just like in the movie The Wizard of Oz, not everything that seems to be necessarily proves to be real.

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Will Trump’s Words and Deeds Scare Off Travelers to the U.S.?

Will Trump’s Words and Deeds Scare Off Travelers to the U.S.?

(Updated April 2, September 10, and December 2, 2017 ,January 14, 2018 and September 5, 2018)

Donald Trump has not been known to mince words, either when he was on the campaign trail or after he entered the White House. He says what’s on his mind without apparent regard for what anyone else thinks.

Couple that with his so-far unsuccessful attempt to unilaterally ban residents of certain countries from traveling to the U.S. and one wonders how his words and deeds might affect travel to the U.S. by foreign visitors.

In an article published by the New York Times two days after the 2016 Presidential election, journalist Stephanie Rosenbloom wrote “the spirit of openness that has permeated everything from our increasingly global economy to how we travel may be poised to change.”

She went on to say that

 “experts say that how attractive the United States continues to be to foreign tourists will depend on how affordable it is to visit; what, if any, policies the Trump administration puts into place (new immigration procedures that make the customs and border process harder, the scrutiny of particular groups of people); and the perception of how welcoming and safe (or not) the United States is.”

But since that article was written more than two months before Trump was sworn in as U.S. President, one might write it off as nothing but mere speculation with no facts to back up the concerns that those interviewed by Rosenbloom expressed.

Fast-forward to the post-inauguration period to find out whether the election of Trump, and in particularly his initial attempt to bar individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., has had a positive, negative, or neutral impact on U.S. tourism.

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