Effect of Trump travel ban minimal on Vegas tourism

Effect of Trump travel ban minimal on Vegas tourism

February 10, 2017 8:59 AM

President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa, now on hold because of a appeals court ruling, had no measurable effect on Las Vegas, local officials say.

President Trump’s ban first halted by a lower court, then upheld in a ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to be appealed by the Trump Administration, possibly to the U.S. Supreme Court

The original order was preventing travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States

“Tourism is the most crucial industry for the Southern Nevada economy, and we must protect it,” Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spokesman Jeremy Handel told media outlets. He added, “The LVCVA supports efforts to ensure safe and secure travel; however, that is not mutually exclusive of being open and welcoming.”

Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport does not offer direct flights from any of the seven banned countries and connecting flights to Las Vegas are only tracked from their final destination to McCarran, according to airport spokeswoman Christine Crews.