September 23, 2017
International Tourism to the US is Dropping in 2017
According to the New York Times, the U.S. experienced a significant drop in tourism in the first quarter of 2017. The article cites U.S. Department of Commerce figures that show 697,791 fewer international visitors entered the U.S when compared to the first quarter of 2016. This represents a 4.2% reduction in tourism to the county, leading to an estimated $2.7 billion reduction in spending in the United States.
The article goes on to say that this doesn’t necessarily stem from President Trump’s statements and actions regarding the proposed travel ban and border wall. But it does correlate with a decline in the favorable way foreigners view the United States. The Pew Research Center released a survey in June 2017 reporting that 49% of respondents from 37 countries had a positive view of the U.S. compared with 64% when former President Obama left office in January 2017. Do you expect travel figures to the U.S. to increase during the rest of 2017?
H/T: New York Times