Category: Travel News Updates

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)

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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Don’t Fall for the “Can You Hear Me?” Travel Scam

Don’t Fall for the “Can You Hear Me?” Travel Scam

About five years ago I wrote about a travel scam that typically came by letter or postcard and offered free airfare and a hotel stay any city served by an airline (pick an airline, any airline).

The scammers’ plan was to lure you to a meeting where they would aggressively push you to join a “travel club” with the promise of discounted travel is you would pony up the membership fees.

Over the next three years I updated the story whenever I read about “travel club” promotions of this kind taking place, and I continued to receive postcards and letters with “free” airfare and hotel stays, some involving airlines, others offering travel on cruise ships.

It was quite easy to spot these less-than-forthright offers when they arrived in the mail and then toss them in “the round file.”

But last Thursday I encountered the latest travel scam which came not in the mail, but in a phone call.

Here’s what happened.

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Tales Told From The Road Publisher Wins NATJA Recognition

Tales Told From The Road Publisher Wins NATJA Recognition

NATJA LogoTales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, is pleased to announce the recognition he received the in the 2016 North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism competition:
 
The “U.S. National Park Series” from Tales Told From The Road was a finalist in the “Travel Series – Online Publication” category.
 
His story, “Spring In The Sierra: At Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks,” in Bay Area Travel Writers book, Travel Features and Photos: California’s National Parks, Monuments, Trails, Seashores and Historic Sites was given a Bronze Award in the “Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: U.S. National Parks Services Centennial Celebration” category.