President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries has been slammed by the Florida tourism industry as “unprecedented.”
Florida Tourism Association President Rob Linder, whose organization represents the tourism industry, said the state’s tourism industry “will be impacted.”
Linder said that Florida’s tourism tax revenue would suffer, and that the ban would hurt the economy.
He said that travel would increase in the state.
“It’s just an extreme and unprecedented, and it’s also a threat to our economic security,” Linder said.
“And so we’re going to be trying to find a way to help the tourism economy that will not impact our ability to attract people.”
The state has seen a record number of travelers this year, but it has also been hit hard by the hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Linder pointed out that the Florida State University is already operating under the temporary travel restrictions.
“The State is already under the Florida Travel Restrictions,” he said.
He said Florida’s tax revenue has been negatively impacted by the temporary ban.
“We’ve already lost $1 million this year,” he added.
“That’s just the first week alone.”
Florida’s tourism taxes have been among the worst hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Linder called the order “unfortunate and unconstitutional.”
“The President’s actions are not just an attack on the people of Florida, they’re also an attack against the entire nation,” Linders said.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said that he does not support the travel ban and that he supports the president’s ability to make travel decisions based on national security.
Scott said that the president is acting within the law and that it is the president that is ultimately responsible for the travel restrictions.
“Scott said he supports Trump’s travel restrictions and that they are being imposed on his state because he is “unaware” of what the president did.
Scott also defended his state’s travel policies, saying that Florida has had a reputation as one of the safest places in the nation.”
Florida has a long and storied history of protecting the state from foreign invasion and terrorists,” Scott said.
The travel restrictions will not apply to anyone entering the U., as previously proposed by the Obama administration.