PHOTO: U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump. (Photo via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
With Donald Trump poised to become the 45th president of the United States, based on CNN projections, social media exploded late Tuesday and early Wednesday with reaction, including from those within the travel industry.
Trump has emerged as a polarizing figure within the industry since beginning his run for the White House more than a year ago. While his call to improve U.S. airport infrastructure has been applauded by many, other policy proposals including building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and a potential Muslim ban have others concerned.
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow isn't among that group, though. Dow congratulated Trump in a statement Wednesday and expressed optimism for the future.
But as ABC7 pointed out, many were at least considering the idea of leaving the U.S., with a website instructing people on how to apply for Canadian citizenship actually crashing.
Like those seeking an exit from the U.S., much of travel Twitter expressed frustration at the result.
donald trump carries pennsylvania. i have never hated my state more than i do now. i was excited to travel through it in a few weeks.— Adam Hermann (@adamwhermann) November 9, 2016
Banned countries on my travel list Russia of Putin, Venezuela of Nicolás Maduro, North Korea of Kim Jong-Un an now the USA of Donald Trump?— KennethLopezTriquell (@kelotri) November 9, 2016
My list of states to never travel to or through is growing larger the more I see their votes are given to Donald Trump. #ElectionDay— Falating Woods (@Falawoods) November 9, 2016
Famous traveler and TV host Andrew Zimmern also weighed in on the election, calling it a "sad night."
I think we were all wrong. Very sad night so far— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) November 9, 2016
Royal Jordanian even went so far as to take a shot at Trump.
Others within the travel industry appeared excited at the prospect of a Trump presidency, though.
@MELANIATRUMP God bless you and your family. I can not wait to see the positive changes Trump will bring to this country. Gracias— Travel Girl (@travelgirlworld) November 9, 2016
@GTBBBB thanks for all your efforts in electing Trump Gentry! My travel and hotel is booked for inauguration week!— Derek (@mkeeastsider) November 9, 2016
Amid the surprising results it became clear to many that travel may be the answer to one of the most divisive election cycles of all time.