The Global Business Travel Association said $185 million in business travel bookings have been lost because of the Trump administration's travel ban.

The ban went into effect via executive order on Jan. 27 and was blocked by a federal judge on Feb. 4. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday heard arguments both for and against the ban, which applied to citizens of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Libya). On Thursday, the appeals court refused to reinstate the ban.

Meanwhile, continued uncertainty is a wet blanket on business travel, GBTA executive director Mike McCormick indicated.

"They can ultimately choose to reinstate the travel ban or uphold the lower court's ruling on the temporary stay, which would likely result in an appeal to the Supreme Court," said McCormick. "However, both scenarios result in a loss for the travel industry and the economy."

Travel will continue to suffer while the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling, McCormick said.

"Advanced bookings would likely slow as travel professionals could not be sure if and when the ban would be reinstated. Meetings and events might be cancelled altogether," he said.

McCormick shared data as of Feb. 8, regarding the ban's impact.

In addition to the $185 million lost in business travel bookings, McCormick said data also shows an up to 8% month-over-month decrease in business travel transactions in the United States (comparing January 2017 to December 2016). Business travel transactions were up 1.2% the week before the ban, but decreased 2.2% the week after.

The GBTA said the ban will likely have an effect on jobs in the United States, as each 1% impact on business travel spending per year means 71,000 jobs, $5 billion in GDP, $3 billion in wages and $1.2 billion in tax collections.

"Business travel drives lasting business growth and is a leading indicator for jobs and the economy at large," McCormick said.
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This report was updated on Thursday when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the travel ban.

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