While President Donald Trump recently made nice with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, one Canadian group is having none of it.
The Girl Guides of Canada (Canada’s equivalent of America’s Girl Scouts) have announced they’re putting a stop to travel to the U.S., including “trips that are over or under 72-hours and any travel that includes a connecting flight through an American airport.”
In a statement, the Girl Guides say their primary concern is the ability of members to enter the United States, a reference to Trump’s travel ban.
At Girl Guides of Canada, we know our members value the safe, inclusive and accepting space that Guiding provides. These values are reflected in all we do, including the Girl Guide travel experiences we offer girls and women. While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is currently uncertain.
Sarah Kiriliuk, national manager of marketing and communication, told the Toronto Star, It also has to do with safety. We want to make sure that if our girls are traveling that they are not going to be in a risky or unsafe situation.
The Girl Guides aren’t the most notable group or persons to cancel a trip to the U.S. since Trump’s inauguration; that honor (probably) goes to Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto, who backed out of a planned trip because of Trump’s plan to spend billions of dollars building a wall between the two nations.
But the Canadian group’s decision certainly reflects an overall trend. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) noted recently that one poll they conducted showed 47 percent of European business travel professionals expected some sort of reduction of travel to the U.S. for their companies in the wake of the ban.
Tourism could also suffer, according to one report that estimated over 6 million visits would be lost to the U.S. by the end of 2018 which could result in nearly $11 billion in lost tourism spending for the U.S.