Tonight’s Presidential Debate: Travel Agents Weigh In
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Tonight, the first of three presidential debates will take place between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Long Island. It will be interesting to see what topics are covered and what the responses will be. Regardless, either Trump or Clinton will be in the White House come January, so we asked a few travel agents how either candidate would impact the travel world in both the short-term and the long-term when either one becomes president.
Andrea Crowther of Susan Peavey Travel wasn’t quite sure how either candidate’s election will impact the travel world. “If I knew the answer to this I would buy a lottery ticket,” she says. “I think both candidates will impact the economy, as well as travel and foreign relations, but I’m not sure if it will be positive or negative.”
Karen J. La Rosa is sure it will have a negative effect if Donald Trump is elected president. “I worry that if Trump is elected, the impact on U.S. travel will be more negative than even after the terrorist attacks,” said La Rosa of La RosaWorks, Sicily Travel & Tourism. “His campaign has convinced many people to be afraid and believe that our country is unsafe and vulnerable. He has made allies of those who have historically not been friends and has made some enemies of our historic friends. Conversely to what he believes, his aggressive rhetoric does not reassure. In a Trump presidency, I think the short term at least will be hard on travel, at least until people have a chance to assess what is actually likely to happen in the next four years.”
Alex Dalton, an affiliate of Travel Experts, doesn’t think that travel will be affected much by either candidate unless one or the other puts an outright ban on travel.
“Trump’s idea of creating a wall or limiting access to travelers is not going to be great for domestic travel markets, but abroad, as long as no country outright bans Americans, they will be happy to take American tourist money,” he says. “If Hillary wins then I see the status quo being kept. She hasn’t threatened to keep a whole bloc of people out which would put other countries at ease about U.S. policy. Honestly the way things have been, terrorism is more a threat to disrupt travel than any presidential candidate.”
There will be a total of four debates. Three are presidential debates and will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9; and Wednesday, Oct. 19. The vice presidential debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
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