Two major tour operators on Thursday withdrew their business from Trump International Hotels because of Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants that were uttered during his presidential candidacy announcement in June.

Pleasant Holidays said it would stop packaging three Trump properties in Honolulu, Las Vegas and Panama. And Apple Vacations said that it is moving its 2015 Global Apple Gala out of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago to protest Trump’s remarks.

During his candidacy speech, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

All current bookings for the three Trump hotels will be honored, Pleasant Holidays said. A sales suspension will continue until Pleasant Holidays “receives greater clarity on statements by Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants,” said the tour operator.

In a statement three days ago, Trump said, “I am proud to say that I know many hard-working Mexicans — many of them are working for and with me.”

However, Trump hasn’t walked back his comments on illegal immigrants from Mexico, saying that, “The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists.”

Speaking about his company’s decision to change the venue for its gala, Apple Vacations President Tim Mullen said in a letter to travel agents dated July 8, “This change is compelled by the various highly publicized comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump disparaging Mexico and immigrants to the U.S.”

As a key Mexico-bound tour operator, Apple Vacations maintains close ties to the country’s government and tourism officials.

“We have heard loud and clear from many prospective attendees about their opposition to attending the event at any Trump-branded property,” Mullen wrote, adding, “Mr. Trump’s expressed views are certainly sharply at odds with our own views at Apple Vacations, as we have a deep appreciation for the work ethic and social values of Mexicans living in the Unites States and abroad.”

Mullen’s letter was written on the same day that the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) pulled its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf out of the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles for the same reason.

The PGA’s move could prove to be an especially costly blow to Trump’s hospitality enterprises because in the past decade he has invested heavily in golf resorts around the globe.

Trump’s investments in high-end courses and resorts come at a time when the popularity of golf as a participant sport has been waning but its popularity as a spectator sport has been growing. Trump has aggressively leveraged his relationship with the PGA to market his high-end golf courses and resorts to amateur golfers around the world.
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This report was updated on Thursday night with news that Pleasant Holidays would stop selling Trump International Hotels.

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