Donald Trump's brand is distancing itself from his name as the empire falls under siege
Donald Trump's namesake business is launching a new hotel chain that -unlike Trump's dozens of other hotels, golf courses, and casinos - won't carry the presidential candidate's name.Trump Hotels is calling the new chain, which will target young customers, "Scion," Bloomberg reports.
"He's now a polarizing figure. When he was putting his hotels together, he wasn't," Himelstein told Bloomberg. "There's definitely an impact."Trump's campaign has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks. Since the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape of Trump speaking crudely about women, 11 women have come forward accusing Trump of sexual assault. Trump has denied their claims and threatened to sue the accusers.
Last year, the Trump name could increase the perceived value of products and services anywhere from 20% to 37%, according to Brand Keys.
That's because the candidate's name at the time stood for "wealth, luxury, and glamour, and for some, wretched excess," wrote Passikoff.In the wake of the tape scandal, the added value of the Trump name dropped precipitously, according to the firm's October 9 poll of 1,536 registered voters across the US.
For example, the added value of Trump's brand in TV and entertainment - the category where its added value is highest - has dropped from 43% to 30% between June and the most recent poll.
His brand value dropped 8 percentage points in real estate and 6 percentage points in country clubs and golf clubs in the same period.
In other words, there's more than a bid for the White House at stake for Trump in this election, as his performance could have a lasting effect on his businesses.The candidate's hotel chain started losing business before the tape surfaced, according to some industry experts.
Jack Ezon, president of the travel company Ovation Vacations, told The Boston Globe in September that business was down at least 30% at several of Trump's properties.If Trump were to be mired in another scandal like the "Access Hollywood" tape, things could get even worse for the Republican nominee."There's a high level of emotional disengagement from Trump," Passikoff said. "The only way he can turn things around is if he wins the election."
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