For many in the golf industry, March is a cherished time when we might be able to get away for a little golf to places such as Arizona, California, Hawaii or Florida, or just take a family vacation with the kids on March break.
This may be the last year you run to the sun, at least in the United States, according to the New York Times, which has repeatedly written that the policies of President Trump, particularly his controversial travel ban and immigration policies, may start to affect American tourism.
I can understand the trepidation over visiting the U.S. that one might feel if that person came from one of the countries specifically mentioned in Trump’s policies, but judging from what I read on social media, there are many others, including Canadians, who say they’re planning a boycott of American destinations as a form of protest.
A protest like that punishes the wrong people. Personally, I know a lot of people who work in the American travel industry that could be negatively affected by such a backlash and I’m sure many readers who regularly travel to the U.S. know people at their favourite golf courses, restaurants or hotels.
Should they be the ones to pay the price of a boycott by Canadians, who are already challenged by a considerably lower loonie against its American counterpart? If it isn’t the people, many of us have other reasons for gravitating to the U.S. for a week or two or longer in the sun.
Would you let politics get in the way of a visit to the U.S.? That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feeling free to expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.
Would the political climate/government policies in the United States right now cause you to not travel there for a golf or business trip?
- NO (63%)
- YES (37%)