Refugee Ban In Force While Travel Restrictions Lifted in District Court Rulings

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People carry posters during a rally in support of Muslim Americans and protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies in Times Square, New York, February 19, 2017. An appeals court in Seattle approved Trump’s refugee ban. Andres Kudacki / Associated Press

Skift Take: This district court ruling in Seattle splits the refugee issue from the travel ban, but all of it will be subject to U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the future. The travel industry should not take this ruling and abandon human rights and what’s obviously a Muslim ban for refugees.

— Dennis Schaal

President Donald Trump’s 11-nation refugee ban was partially blocked by a judge who found that it violated federal rule-making requirements.

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who issued one of the earliest orders halting the president’s January travel ban, said in a ruling Saturday that the Trump administration can continue to deny entry to refugees who don’t have ties to relatives or institutions in the U.S.

A worldwide suspension of refugee admissions was included in earlier versions of the president’s executive orders that were blocked by judges until the Supreme Court ruled in June that the restrictions could be enforced for immigrants lacking “bona fide relationships” to the U.S.

The refugee ban — which covers Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and North Korea — is now a separate directive from the restrictions on travelers. Robart’s ruling comes a day after a San Francisco-based appeals court concluded that the restrictions on travelers from six mostly Muslim nations amounts is illegal discrimination.

The Justice Department has argued the the refugee ban is only temporary and applies to nations that fail to adequately screen people to ensure they pose no security risk to the U.S.

The judge said at a Dec. 21 hearing that he couldn’t take it on faith that the government’s intention is not to make the policy indefinite, “when there just aren’t any assurances” that it won’t remain in place forever.

Robart issued a preliminary order Saturday finding that the resettlement agencies and civil rights groups challenging the refugee ban will probably prevail as the case plays out on their claim that the administration exceeded its authority and violated the Administrative Procedures Act.

The judge is a 2004 appointee of Republican President George W. Bush.

The case is Doe v. Trump, 17-cv-00178, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (Seattle).

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Development of Fontainebleau Resort in Las Vegas Gets Kickstarted by New Tax Law

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Skift Take: There’s no question that the new U.S. tax law will benefit business, including developers such as Steven Witkoff. The issue is whether the law will negatively impact the working and middle classes, and trigger a runaway deficit.

— Dennis Schaal

For New York developer Steven Witkoff, the tax overhaul signed today by President Donald Trump will have an immediate effect: he’s plowing ahead with his plan to develop the stalled Fontainebleau resort in Las Vegas.

“Now, we’re not going to be patient,” Witkoff said in a phone interview. “We’ve basically pressed the ‘go’ button to do everything necessary to finish design on the project and take down a construction loan.”

As soon as it became clear to Witkoff that the bill had a good chance of clearing both houses of Congress, he began seeking financing for as much as 60 percent of the estimated $3 billion in development costs, he said. He plans a resort with 4,000 rooms, a casino and a restaurant on the property, purchased for $600 million in August, more than seven years after billionaire Carl Icahn acquired it out of bankruptcy. The project will create 6,000 hotel jobs and 5,000 construction jobs, Witkoff said.

The Fontainebleau, on roughly 27 acres (11 hectares) at the north end of the Strip, was about 70 percent complete when Icahn won court approval to take it over.

Witkoff was motivated by a provision in the new law that allows full and immediate expensing of capital investments. He said the plan’s passage will usher in a period of sustained economic growth, which would benefit the hotel and travel industries.

“You can just feel it,” said Witkoff, who’s been friends with the president for more than 30 years. “You can feel the pent-up fervor that’s happening out there, and it hasn’t even seeped through the system yet. And I’m not a Republican ideologue, for God’s sake.”


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HomeAway to Hike Rates for Rental Owners and 12 Other Hospitality Trends This Week


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Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Airbnb gets a boost for its hotel-like venture, and we had our eye on vacation rentals. HomeAway hikes fees for property owners, Vacasa’s CEO speaks about a fragmented sector, and luxury presents new opportunities.

— Sarah Enelow

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines hospitality.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>With the sharing economy accounting for almost one in three vacation beds in Australia, the impact of Airbnb and Stayz is being widely questioned. But with hotel occupancy levels and room prices still rising, efforts by hotels and lobbying groups to restrict private rentals seem like an overreaction: AccorHotels Copes With the Airbnb Factor in Australia

>>Perhaps being bigger isn’t always better, at least when it comes to luxury hotels. When you’re bigger, the challenges can be, too: Marriott and AccorHotels Mega Merger Activity Created Luxury Powerhouses

>>It wouldn’t be a proper end of the year in hospitality without at least one more merger or acquisition, right? Choice Hotels’ purchase of WoodSpring Suites makes some sense as it bolsters its position in the midscale and economy extended-stay space: Choice Hotels to Buy WoodSpring Suites in Extended Stay Market Play

>>Airbnb is getting into the very business it has spent the past decade disrupting. Will Niido Powered by Airbnb usher in an era of co-living residences that encourage homesharing? Airbnb Is Getting a $200 Million Boost to Build Its Hotel-Like Apartment Business

>>HomeAway’s fee hike spotlights the shifting economics of the vacation rental business. Property owners are weighing how much of a cut technology companies deserve when making it easier for them to put heads in beds: HomeAway to Hike Rates for Rental Owners Despite Talk of Blowback

>>In 2017, politics dominated the headlines, which were built out of travel bans in the United States and the UK confirming to the European Union that the divorce would indeed proceed. Kick back for the upcoming holidays. We’ll all need plenty of energy for 2018: 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2017

>>It would be easy to dismiss a concierge as a relic of another time. But concierges are the secret weapon of the educated traveler, and when the job is done well, it is vital: The Modern Concierge Is Too Skilled to Be Made Redundant by Technology

>>Everyone wants a piece of the extended stay market, so it’ll be interesting to see how the new CEO guides Extended Stay America in this increasingly competitive space: Extended Stay America Gets New CEO in Signal That It Needs to Up Its Game

>>Corbin & King is home to some iconic restaurant brands so a deal that will see them expand internationally makes sense to us: Minor Hotels Buys Majority Stake in Upmarket UK Restaurant Group

>>Scale definitely helps hotel companies, but it comes at a cost. With multiple brands, differentiation is difficult, leaving plenty of room for smaller operators: When Being Boutique Can Be the Answer — New Luxury

>>Competing against the vacation rental incumbents is pretty tough, but Vacasa’s CEO believes there is more than enough business to go around, especially if you can offer owners and consumers something different: Video: Vacasa CEO on Competing in ‘A Ridiculously Fragmented’ Vacation Rental Sector

>>Luxury travelers are increasingly looking to vacation rentals for a different type of experience. This presents opportunities for both established players and newcomers: Luxury Travel’s Next Phase Could Be in Vacation Rental Consolidation

>>In the rush to smash together retail and hotels, brands have to focus on doing this with a lot of care and intention. Sometimes a brand just isn’t that important: Hospitality and Retail Join Forces But It Shouldn’t Be Forced

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Cruise Lines Will Keep Trying to Get Your Attention in 2018

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Skift Take: It’s not enough anymore to launch the kind of ship that everyone has seen before. Cruise operators need to constantly find new ways to outdo themselves — and each other.

— Hannah Sampson

Robot bartenders and thrill slides are so last year. Soon, passengers on cruise ships will be zooming electric cars around the largest racetrack at sea, playing outdoor laser tag at night, and spotting marine life with diving drones.

And by soon, we don’t mean 2050. We mean 2018.

As cruise lines look to be fresh and relevant, the focus is on amazing experiences—specifically, the kind you want to post on social media.

“We’ve become spoiled as consumers to always want the coolest, best, neatest thing,” said Vicky Garcia, co-owner and chief operating officer of Cruise Planners Inc., an American Express Co.-affiliated travel agency. “It’s all about bragging rights.”

Luckily for us, cruise lines are responding. Here are the highly anticipated, out-of-the-box, whack-a-doodle cruise amenities that’ll stop you—and your Instagram followers—in your tracks in the coming year.

Go Karting Above the Pacific

As part of a weekly Grand Prix tournament hosted on the Norwegian Bliss, cruisers will get to put pedal to the medal on a fleet of electric go-karts manufactured by RiMo Germany GmbH. Special eco-friendly speakers attached to the cars’ accelerators mimic the sound of a real engine, so you get a visceral experience without causing noise pollution as you whirl past Alaska’s glaciers. As for the track itself, it’s about 1,000-feet per lap on decks 18 and 19, making it 40 percent larger than the pilot version installed on the China-bound Norwegian Joy earlier this year.

Surreal Underwater Lounges

Channel your inner Jules Verne at Blue Eye, the world’s first underwater lounge to be built into the hull of a cruise ship. It debuts next summer on Ponant Co.’s new Mediterranean-faring yachts, Le Laperouse and Le Champlain. The defining visual feature? Two large, eye-shaped portholes to get you up-close and personal with sea creatures. Dramatic as they are, the views may play second fiddle to the space’s high-tech bells and whistles. The entire room is meant to bring the outdoors in, with large screens broadcasting live images from three underwater cameras while a hydrophone captures the actual sounds of the ocean. A warning for the seasick-prone: even the furniture is tricked out to vibrate (lightly!) in sync with the sounds.

Friendly Infrared Competition

Prepare to go into stealth mode on Royal Caribbean’s 5,535-passenger Symphony of the Seas, debuting in late March as the largest ship in the world. During set hours, its ice skating rink will do double-duty as an indoor, glow-in-the-dark, 16-person laser tag arena, decked out in an intergalactic theme. The Norwegian Bliss, meanwhile, will debut a dedicated open-air laser tag course on its 20th (and top) deck, complete with an eerie, abandoned-space-station theme.

A Magic Carpet Ride

Brush up on your Aladdin karaoke skills—they’ll feel totally appropriate aboard the 2,908-passenger Celebrity Edge, which debuts in the Caribbean late next year. Why? One of its decks is being dubbed the “Magic Carpet” since it seemingly hovers over the edge of the ship and moves up and down like a giant, open-air elevator. At varying points during the day, it’ll transform into a specialty restaurant, an extension of the pool area, an al fresco cocktail lounge, and a luxury embarkation station for the ship’s sleek tenders. A whole new world, indeed.

A Fun Slide in Your Suite

On Symphony of the Seas, Royal makes a pitch to wealthy families by packing a duplex suite with unconventional amusements, including a covered slide connecting the two floors, a full-height Lego wall, an air hockey table, and a video-game corner with a popcorn machine. There’s also a private deck with a whirlpool big enough for the whole family—and 24/7 butler service. What it’ll cost you: about $40,000 a week for a family of up to eight, in low season.

Deep-Sea Drones

Norway-based cruise line Hurtigruten AS has teamed up with Silicon Valley’s BluEye Robotics to introduce 15-pound diving drones on expedition ships, including the hybrid-powered, 530-passenger MS Roald Amundsen that debuts in Antarctica next October. The drones can dive down to 150 meters in waters that are often too cold for human plunges—and are equipped with four thrusters and a wide-angle video camera adapted for low-light conditions. All that content gets streamed in real-time to screens around the ship (even to your personal devices), so you can virtually join a pod of whales while sipping a martini or lying in bed.

Helicopters and Submarines

There’s a reason why Australian river cruising company Scenic is calling its debut oceangoing vessel a “Discovery Yacht.” Intrepid travelers on the luxurious, all-suite, 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse—which launches in the Mediterranean in August—will be able to explore their surroundings in all sorts of unconventional ways: surveying Italy’s active volcanoes by helicopter and the icy Arctic Ocean via private submarine. These are features you’d expect on the mega-yachts of the rich and famous—not a casual vacation that starts at around $5,000 per person per week.

Driverless Vans

If you thought Google Inc. and Uber Inc. were leading the autonomous vehicle race, you overlooked a contender: Royal Caribbean International. The company is working with French company Navya SAS to launch Arma, a fully autonomous shuttle service, in “a lot of destinations” to move cruise passengers and crew more efficiently around ports. The self-driving, climate-controlled electric shuttles being tested can carry up to 15 people; they’re expected to be up and running in select ports before 2018 ends.


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Finding the Best Tour Guide in a Foreign City

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Skift Take: Chang is an ABC News correspondent who travels often enough that she has helpful tips. When you are a supertraveler, you often become an expert.

— Sean O’Neill

At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking to globetrotters in all of our luxury fields—food, wine, fashion, cars, real estate—to learn about their high-end hacks, tips, and off-the-wall experiences. These are the Distinguished Travel Hackers.

Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of its prestige magazine program, Nightline. She has also anchored major breaking stories, including the Orlando nightclub massacre and Boston Marathon bombing, for the network; in the past month alone, she has traveled to Honduras, the Korean Peninsula, and Alabama to cover stories.

Chang’s preferred airline is Delta Airlines Inc., where she has Diamond Medallion status. “In the past, I didn’t really pay that much attention, because I was too busy trying to get to the location as quickly as possible. I’m a news person, but now that I made Diamond, I realize the benefits that come along with it,” such as more flexible ticket cancellations and priority re-accommodation when flights are canceled.

Juju lives in New York with her husband and three sons.

Find the Best Tour Guide

[Working for ABC News] we have highly skilled people, what we call fixers or stringers, in almost any location. These are people who are a perfect conduit between their home countries and a Western perspective, so they know what we need in terms of the kind of restaurant, for example.

Often, those stringers work for local newspapers [the rest of the time]; when we were just in Honduras, one of our best fixers also worked for the local paper. They speak English and they’re increasingly, like, “Oh yeah, they came through with the reality show crew, like, three weeks ago, and now you need to take this next crew around.”

So if you want to find the best guide, call the local newspaper, or a news organization in that area, and ask who their fixer might be.

Do Makeup on the Go

I am obsessed with my Swoop bag, which was invented by a mom for her son’s Lego toys. Originally, I snagged it on a play date. Some other mom had it and I knew immediately—ding!—that I must have it, because I have a Lego-obsessed son. But I use one for my makeup when I travel: It allows you to play with toys on a flat surface, or in my case, do my makeup flat on my lap. Then, when I’m done, I just swoop it all up. It’s much easier to access the mascara or that darn eyebrow brush you need when it’s on a flat surface in front of you. Literally I have been in snowplows, covering snowstorms, or in the back of a squad car. It’s just convenient and it’s quick, it’s practical, and it works like a charm for me. I’ve given them away as holiday gifts. It’s my favorite indispensable thing ever.

Avoid Wardrobe Malfunctions

I always pack toupée tape. OK, these days it’s called Fashion Tape. It’s a clear, double-sided tape that professional stylists have used for years; it’s from the old vaudeville days, when they would take your toupee and use this to put it on your scalp. It was the stylist at Good Morning America who taught me about it to tape down an overly revealing blouse or an errant hem–when my hem fell out of my skirt, and I didn’t have a needle and thread, nor the dexterity to deal with it, so I pulled out the toupee tape. It’s always in my travel makeup kit, and it’s proven invaluable as I’ve used it for all sorts of wardrobe malfunctions.

Hudson News Has a Secret Weapon

I am incredibly scatterbrained, and so I will often forget my jewelry, for example. I’m a girl who works on television, and I occasionally need [emergency] earrings. I have found myself on more than one occasion having to buy earrings at an airport. There’s one brand of earrings that is a shockingly inexpensive price point that all of my friends are, like, “Where did you get those?” and I’ll be, like, “At the airport and they were $10.” I’m not kidding you. The brand is called B-Iconic, and they’re available at Hudson News. That place is my secret weapon when I’m traveling.

Get a Workout Anywhere

I was a competitive swimmer [as a teen]. When I was in Iraq during the first Iraq War, I started swimming again for the first time at the Marines’ compounds. The Marines had a nice facility with an outdoor pool, so I got to hang out and swim with the Marines. That was super-fun. Then I also did triathlons.

After the Haiti earthquake, I wanted to raise money, and so I raised money for Unicef by getting everybody to sign up to do triathlon. I became more of a cyclist after that. Now I’ll do workouts in my hotel room. I’ll do a seven-minute workout app and then a 10-minute yoga routine with Tara Stiles. She is just available for free on YouTube. She’s just super-chill: There’s no attitude, there’s no pretense.

The U.S. Has Hidden Vacation Spots

For a milestone birthday (none of your business which one) I got all my siblings, all their spouses, their children, to come with me on this trip: 22 members of my immediate family. And at the end, each and every one of them was like, “That was the best vacation I’ve ever had in my life.”

It was on an armada of kayaks and paddle-boats and stand-up paddleboards down 80 miles of the Salmon River in Idaho, with the guide Jared Hopkinson, who’s a gem of a human being. You are trekking beyond the point where Lewis and Clark reportedly turned back.

It’s the furthest away from any metropolitan areas in the continental U.S. We put our phones in a water bag at the beginning; for five nights, we slept under the stars. We played charades, whatever parlor games you could think of. No showers, no soap, no toilets, but they would lay dry ice between the beer [cans in the coolers], so by the end, you’re still getting cold beer. You have to time your visit at the right time, though. At the beginning of the summer, the runoff water is cold from the mountains and much swifter; but by the end of the season—the end of summer—the water level goes down, and it’s warmer.

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WeChat Debuts Tools for Tourism Boards and 4 Other Digital Trends This Week


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Skift Take: This week in digital news, tourism boards concentrate on WeChat, and Skift reporters examine the effects of the new U.S. tax law on travel companies’ bottom lines.

— Sarah Enelow

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>Many tourism boards now have entire teams dedicated to China and WeChat. It’s a very complex task for foreigners to get the content right, but it appears as though WeChat parent Tencent is trying to make the platform more accessible for tourism boards: WeChat Debuts Tools to Make It Easier for Tourism Boards to Create Microsites

>>In 2017, politics dominated the headlines, which were built out of travel bans in the United States and the UK confirming to the European Union that the divorce would indeed proceed. Kick back for the upcoming holidays. We’ll all need plenty of energy for 2018: 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2017

>> Group’s attempt to wean itself off low-margin flight ticket sales gets accelerated with this deal. The relatively low purchase price makes it a relatively risk-free acquisition: Group Speeds Pivot With Purchase of Germany’s

>>Is the revamped tax code a “gift for hard-working Americans” as President Trump declared, or just a gift for corporations already reaping record profits? For now, travel executives seem way more excited than the general public: Travel Companies Enthusiastically Back Tax Bill That Majority of Americans Oppose

>>This week, startups raised funding to help simplify cross-border transactions, lend consumers money to book travel, offer airport valet services, map interior spaces, automate back-office processes for rental property managers, and split the booking of multiple-night hotel stays. They’ll have a happy New Year for sure: Airwallex Closes $19 Million Round for Payments Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

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Alipay Is Expanding to Cater to Chinese Tourists in Japan


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Skift Take: Chinese tourists want to use payment methods they’re familiar with no matter which country they’re traveling in. Japan would do well to accept that foreign competition would be good for tourism and spending.

— Dan Peltier

Alipay is chasing Chinese tourists to Japan, where it’s signing up a growing number of retailers and eyeing the long-term potential of the nation’s $45 billion digital payments market.

The volume of payments processed on Alipay in the country swelled about eight times in the 12 months to September, said Genki Oka, Japan chief executive officer of Ant Financial, which operates the platform. Its network of vendors has climbed to about 38,000 as of November from 20,000 in February, closing in on a target of doubling within a year, Oka said in an interview.

An affiliate of billionaire Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Ant Financial entered Japan in 2015 to cater to Chinese visitors who are increasingly shopping with their mobile phones instead of cash. That has stirred worries among the nation’s banks that Alipay may eventually offer its services to local consumers as well, challenging their own efforts to develop domestic payment platforms.

“There’s no way we wouldn’t consider the Japanese market” at some point, said Oka, while stressing that he’s not yet ready to do that. He said the company would need to find the right partner and examine how to serve consumers in a country that has its own digital settlement services — as well as a lingering preference for cash.

Marketing Campaign

For now, Alipay is working with retailers in popular tourist spots such as the Ameya Yokocho shopping street in Tokyo’s Ueno district.

“Chinese aren’t carrying cash anymore,” said Yue Yuan Ma, sales planning manager for Takeya Co., a retailer in the area that has been using the platform since 2015. “Smartphone-based settlement is going to be essential.”

Chinese made up the largest group among an unprecedented 24 million foreigners who visited Japan in the first 10 months of 2017.

Alipay’s Japan network ranges from high-end department stores to mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Digital payments are processed by scanning a QR code at the point of sale, which links to the customer’s bank account in China. The platform is available to locals in some Asian countries including South Korea and Thailand.

Japan had 5.1 trillion yen ($45 billion) in digital transactions in 2016, according to the central bank. That’s dwarfed by China, where mobile payments totaled $5.5 trillion, IResearch data show.

Possibilities, Hurdles

“Alipay’s capacity to attract customers is an excellent way of capturing inbound tourist demand, and it’s possible they could expand from there,” said Ryosuke Izumida, a Tokyo-based analyst at NavigatorPlatform Inc. Still, Japan’s already well established electronic payments infrastructure and Alipay’s low brand recognition could pose hurdles, he said.

In Japan, rail commuter passes including Suica and Pasmo double as e-money using contactless FeliCa technology at 2.2 million terminals, Bank of Japan data show. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. is cooperating with regional lenders to develop a QR code settlement system before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is internally testing its blockchain-based MUFG Coin.

One Mizuho executive has compared the potential disruption from Alipay to the U.S. naval expedition that forced Japan to end centuries of isolation in the 1800s.

“Any attempt by Alibaba to dominate in the Japanese market is a major threat,” Daisuke Yamada, Mizuho’s chief digital technology officer, said in a speech in September. “It’s like a ‘black ship’ invasion for us in the banking industry.”

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Trump Travel Ban Gets Struck Down by San Francisco Appeals Court

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Skift Take: This ruling was a setback for Trump’s travel ban, but the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide the issue.

— Dennis Schaal

President Donald Trump’s restrictions on travel to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries, Venezuela and North Korea were largely struck down by a federal appeals court, raising uncertainty as the fight heads for a final showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court.

A regional appeals court based in San Francisco, one of two panels reviewing the third version of the president’s travel ban, concluded Friday that it continues to illegally discriminate against travelers just as earlier executive orders did. The three-judge panel also ruled, however, that Trump can continue to bar or limit entry by people from the Mideast and North African nations if they don’t have a relationship with a U.S.-based person or institution.

The nation’s high court signaled on Dec. 5 that it may ultimately uphold the restrictions that were issued in September when it allowed them to temporarily take full effect while the litigation play out. But there’s no guarantee the justices will allow the administration to enforce the ban indefinitely after scrutinizing it more thoroughly.

“For the third time, we are called upon to assess the legality of the president’s efforts to bar over 150 million nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States or being issued immigrant visas that they would ordinarily be qualified to receive,” according to the panel, all of whose judges were appointed by President Bill Clinton. “We conclude that the president’s issuance of the proclamation once again exceeds the scope of his delegated authority.”

The dispute won’t return to the Supreme Court until after a Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court rules.

Friday’s ruling marks another victory for states, advocacy groups, technology companies and universities that successfully challenged the first executive order and its replacement as being at odds with nation’s founding principles and hurting the economy.

In a roiling legal battle that began in January, courts have had to weigh the president’s prerogative to set policy on national security against allegations that he overstepped his authority under federal immigration law and violated the U.S. Constitution by targeting Muslims.

After multiple revisions to Trump’s initiative, the judges on the San Francisco court said the administration still doesn’t comport with the law in how it has chosen to target nations it suspects of harboring terrorists.

The case is Hawaii v. Trump, 17-17168, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco.

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If it can happen in Orange Beach, Alabama, it can happen anywhere. City votes in moratorium on new short-term rental licenses.

Orange Beach, Alabama, located on the Gulf Coast, is a city reliant on a tourism economy led by lodging revenue from vacation rentals. It is difficult to find a working resident whose income is not tied in some way to the booming rental business along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. However, last week, in a specially-called council […]

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California Coastal Commission Rejects Laguna Beach’s Short-Term Rental Ban

On Thursday, Dec. 14, the California Coastal Commission met in Dana Point, CA to review and vote on the city of Laguna Beach’s proposed short-term rental ordinance that effectively banned short-term vacation rentals in residential areas.  The Coastal Commission, which oversees all coastal development and land use changes in the state and protects public access to […]

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