Mike Kaplan, the CEO of Aspen Skiing has taken to the editorial page of the WSJ to make an extra special pleading for open borders. Obviously, open borders advocates are received with open arms at the WSJ. Mike, however, has an extra special pleading for open borders. He doesn’t mention workers at Aspen. All the ski areas we have been to recently have many international workers. Mike says that the “xenophobia” emanating from the White House is causing legal Mexican tourists to stay away from Colorado. He gives away the real story at the start of the last sentence which we have made bold:
Last year visitation to Aspen by Mexicans dropped 30% compared with the 2015-16 ski season. Bookings for 2017-18 aren’t looking much better. There are multiple reasons, but the xenophobia radiating from the Oval Office ranks at the top. As the head of the Mexico City public-relations firm that promotes Aspen in Mexico told us, “The dollar has been strong, which makes travel to the U.S. expensive, but Trump is the No. 1 reason.” [Emphasis added]
Sidebar: One question is: should we boycott places that say such things? We say no. Folks can do with their own money as that see fit. We don’t want to rule out great places like Aspen and especially for us, Snowmass, just because the CEO makes silly excuses for an off year. End Sidebar.
The dollar was strong last season when one would cost almost 22 pesos but today it cost less than 18 pesos. It is time for Mike to get back to work and stop worrying about The Donald. We hope Aspen has a great year.