Tisch, the conference's chair, evoked the so-called "Lost Decade" – when increased security measures hurt international travel to the U.S. after 9/11 -- in arguing against travel bans. He said that restrictions could halt more than six years of growth in U.S. lodging demand. Tisch also appeared to dismiss the idea that President Donald Trump's background in the hotel industry would be a benefit to the sector. "Words matter. Perceptions matter. The way this administration's policies are portrayed around the world matters," said Tisch during his opening remarks from New York's Marriott Marquis on Monday. "We shouldn't presume [administration members] understand what we do for a living. If we as individuals don't speak up to inform, educate and persuade, who will?" Get the full story at Travel Weekly