EXCLUSIVE: AAHOA CEO Speaks Out on Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’

NATIONAL REPORT—With much of the hospitality industry still waiting to see how President Donald J. Trump’s “travel ban” will pan out before providing analysis of how the executive order will impact travel, the head of AAHOA has stepped forward to give a brief response about the temporary ban and his thoughts on what’s of great importance to his members, as it relates to the U.S. government.

While Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AAHOA, was reluctant to say much regarding ongoing litigation, he did provide additional insight on how his members feel about the president’s economic policies. 

Here’s Rogers’ exclusive statement to Hotel Business:

“Given the current legal impasse, it is impossible to determine what, if any, impact the temporary travel restriction policy has on our members. Our much greater concern is the continued push by President Trump to eliminate job-killing regulations, reform the burdensome tax code, and approve labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder. These are items that will have a significant impact on our members, the hospitality industry and our nation’s economy.”

Nearly two weeks ago, the president signed an executive order temporarily banning travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Since then a federal judge has put a temporary halt on Trump’s travel ban. The matter is currently being taken up in a federal appeals court. After a rule, it could appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for additional review.