Photo: President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo via @BBCWorld)
On Wednesday morning, the country learned that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the United States, and many people began to ask questions about the election’s influence on the travel industry.
To ease the worried minds of many Americans, President and CEO of travAlliancemedia Mark Murphy spoke with TravelPulse Radio about what Trump’s impact would be on travel and the current industry policies in place.
Not only did Murphy talk about Trump’s dedication to small businesses and making it easier for them to succeed, but he also went on to clarify the President-elect’s stance on Mexico and immigration, stating that increasing border security is a must in a volatile world.
In addition, Murphy spoke at length about the strides made with Cuba over the last several years under current President Barack Obama and how Trump likely won’t hurt the budding relationship between countries as much as speculated by pundits.
“I think the cat is out of the bag on that one. They’re not going to roll back what they have done,” Murphy said. “They may slow some things, but Cuba is not really ready for American travelers. Cuba needs to do a better job investing there.”
“The companies benefiting now are the foreign companies coming in and building there, the American companies that have been blocked are going to benefit. The people in power in Cuba are benefiting, but the people on the ground are not,” Murphy continued. “That doesn’t deter me from saying I think it’s always a good thing when you expose people in Cuba to American who go down there and visit and they get the opportunity to engage with those folks. To me, that creates a stronger base in Cuba.”
Other topics broached by Murphy include the positive and negative impact Trump will have on the travel industry, including the surge of foreigners who claim they will not visit the U.S. and the possible travel boom driven by a surge of Millennials and baby boomers looking to explore the world.
For the full interview with Murphy, check out the audio below: