Week in Review


According to Buying Business Travel, the Supreme Court partially reinstated Trump’s travel ban on Monday. Citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. are barred from entering the country. A 120-day ban has also been placed on refugees who do not have ties to the U.S.

BBC reports that the travel ban is officially in effect, and the Trump administration has set guidelines for the “bona fide relationship” condition. Those with business or educational ties to the U.S. are exempt from the ban. Additionally, citizens of the affected countries who have a spouse, parent, child, fiancé or sibling in the U.S. will potentially be let in. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, in-laws, grandchildren and extended family do not qualify.

The Associated Press reports that DHS demands more security on international flights to the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kelly rolled out a new set of security measures on Wednesday that could lead to the lifting of the current electronics ban and prevent its expansion to flights from Europe.

According to Bloomberg, airlines and airports may struggle to meet deadlines for implementing the new security requirements.

Buying Business Travel notes that American Express GBT acquired London-based events agency Banks Sadler.

Business Traveller claims that Nepal will receive a second international airport. The project is estimated to cost $203 million USD and take four years to complete.

According to Travolution, Barcelona’s council has threatened to eject Airbnb after accusing one of the company’s executives of illegally listing a unit on the site.

Skift reports that Google is expanding its Waze carpooling service throughout California.

According to TravelDailyNews International, new research suggests efforts to improve employee well-being may also increase travel policy compliance.

According to USA TODAY, a House panel has asked the FAA to set minimum legroom requirements on airlines.

Business Traveller notes that Dubai Airport has announced plans to introduce biometric screening and automated border control gates.

Fortune reports that Amtrak has named former Delta CEO Richard Anderson as its new president and CEO.

According to Skift, Booking.com is expanding beyond hotels and into flights, cars and restaurants.

4hoteliers shares findings from a bleisure study that outlines the key factors that travelers consider when choosing bleisure lodging.

According to The Independent, thousands of British Airways passengers had flights cancelled due to an unprecedented 16-day strike by cabin crew.

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