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, 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 GBTA executive director Mike McCormick. "However, both scenarios result in a loss for the travel industry and the economy." Get the full story at Travel Weekly