The administration’s decision to pull the U.S. from the World Trade Organization’s Global G-20 Committee is just the latest signal from a president who appears to be more interested in a one-size-fits-all approach to trade than in trading among nations with varying economies. U.S. officials insist the move will improve U.S. interests, but won’t apply to 2019 and can be reversed by the next administration.
For now, with such a big shift in trade policy, U.S. travelers aren’t just watching from the sidelines, they’re packing up and packing out. Already, a number of countries have been trying to turn away from the U.S. and headed to other more welcoming countries. India says it’s all but fixed to take over the 2017 seat left vacant by the U.S. in the APEC forum. And Middle Eastern-backed countries are lobbying hard to host the 2019 MICE event, which can be a big boost to an airline and a big business for an activity host.
To keep up with the changing travel landscape, the Post is publishing daily travel news digest Facts & Fictions. Each day includes stories about the dramatic changes that U.S. travelers face, along with fact-checked opinions on topics ranging from climate change and travel pricing to black market travel hackers.