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OTA removes Trump hotels from site

A UK hotel booking website has removed all Donald Trump hotels from its pages in protest against the US Republican candidate’s presidential campaign.

EarnAway, which allows hotels to earn cashback on their hotel bookings, said it hopes the move will encourage other travel companies to follow suit, as well as halt the self-funded billionaire’s political prospects.

The founders of EarnAway said they “refuse to contribute any further to Trump’s domination of the American political system”.

Robert Berrisford, co-founder, said: “At EarnAway we have historically offered our customers the best deals on trips to some of Donald Trump’s most well-known international hotels, such as The Trump SoHo in New York, The Trump Plaza in New Jersey and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

“However, we have now made the decision to remove all of his hotels and resorts from our website as we feel it’s ethically and morally wrong for us to effectively help fund and contribute to a political campaign that we have such strong opposition to.

“I am not at all worried about this decision having a detrimental effect on our business; in fact, we have already had a number of complaints from some of our regular customers who don’t appreciate the fact that we promote Trump’s hotels in the first place.”

Berrisford added he hopes the move will inspire other online travel agencies to follow suit and dissuade Britons from sending any donations to Trump’s campaign.

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