It's hard to know how many of any candidate's campaign promises will eventually become reality, and President-elect Donald Trump, as the wild card that he has proven to be, is no different.
The billionaire turned politician offered fiery rhetoric and promises on a variety of fronts while campaigning - taking aim at everything from immigration to national security and global trade.
With a Republican House and Senate backing him, Trump is likely to find easy passage for whichever priorities he sets his sights on.
All of which leaves travel industry leaders in this country with mixed emotions. Many are expressing fears about Trump's proposed policies, while others are offering optimism in response to the election of a man who made a fair share of his fortune by building and operating hotels.
Skift, a well-known voice in the travel industry, regularly offering data and analysis of the latest travel trends, released a report just two days after Trump's surprising election highlighting some of the possible impacts his administration may have on the world's largest industry.
Based on a round-up of quotes and reaction about the election results from travel leaders, the report suggests the overwhelming sentiment permeating the industry right now is caution, not optimism.
The industry's mixed response to the incoming administration touches on a variety of potential issues, concerns and benefits, and in so doing, reveals the contradictory nature of sentiments at the moment, including such thoughts as:
- New U.S. security policies potentially hindering immigration and inbound tourism from Mexico
- A ban on Muslim visitors costing $71 billion and up to 132,000 jobs annually, according to Euromonitor.
- The potential for the rise of home-grown American brands
- A more favorable business climate under the Republican president
- The potential lifting of the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba
- The belief that the travel industry will remain a priority globally and also in Washington's corridors of political power
"One of the most controversial presidential campaigns in U.S. history is over (we think)," states Skift's Sarah Enelow in the report. "You would think having a hotel operator in office would thrill the industry. So far that's not the case at all."