Students still traveling to America despite Trump’s travel ban
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Students are continuing to visit Trump-led America despite the President’s controversial travel ban.
According to youth travel site StudentUniverse, youth travel to the US has not been as negatively affected as initially feared.
One week into his presidency, President Trump signed an executive order, which banned refugees entering America for at least 120 days and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen) for at least 90 days.
This controversial order caused an instant knock to youth interest in travel to the States: StudentUniverse saw a 19% drop in bookings during the week after the ban, and a poll of the company’s customers showed UK students were 82% less interested in visiting or studying in the US following Trump’s inauguration.
However one month on from Trump’s initial travel ban, and after various restrictions have been put in place, bookings to the US are only down 6%.
Dan Baker, Head of Marketing at StudentUniverse, said: “For many people, the travel ban imposed by President Trump has caused anxiety and concerns about upcoming student travel plans, but we are pleased to see it hasn’t dented students’ desires to travel. America is a fascinating and fun destination so it’s great to see young people are still enticed by all it has to offer.”
Elsewhere, other destinations are seeing a huge increase in popularity as adventurous students opt to travel further afield.
StudentUniverse have seen spikes in bookings to Thailand (380%) and Australia (280%), as well as India (225%), New Zealand (200%) and Bangladesh (200%).