Saturday, April 15, 2017

Trump's Crazed Policy of Traveler Harassment is Destroying Travel to the US (Even by Canadians)

From hostels to major hotel chains such as Marriott, tour group operators to outfits that cater to business travelers, the toll of Trump’s proposals on the nation’s tourism industry has been swift. Some say long-term damage has been done, reports The Washington Post.

Demand for flights to the United States has fallen in nearly every country since January, ­according to Hopper, a travel-booking app that analyzes more than 10 billion daily airfare price quotes to derive its data. Searches for U.S. flights from China and Iraq have dropped 40 percent since Trump’s inauguration, while demand in Ireland and New Zealand is down about 35 percent. (One exception: Russia, where searches for flights to the United States have surged 60 percent since January.)

The result could be, reports The Post, that an estimated 4.3 million fewer people coming to the United States this year, resulting in $7.4 billion in lost revenue, according to Tourism Economics, a Philadelphia-based analytics firm. Next year, the fallout is expected to be even larger, with 6.3 million fewer tourists and $10.8 billion in losses. Miami is expected to be hit hardest, followed by San Francisco and New York, the firm said.

As anecdotal evidence mounts, industry experts say it’s increasingly clear that travelers from all over — Canada and Mexico, Europe and Asia — are rethinking their plans to visit the United States, says the Bezos rag.



  1. The USD index peaked in January. Meaning, flights from other countries to the US, hotel stays in the US, usual tourist hot spots in the US, and subsistence in the US for a foreigner was at the most expensive it has been in more than a decade.

    Could it be the slow-down of tourism to the US from foreign lands is caused by *gasp* ECONOMICS rather than politics?!

    Shocking idea, I know.

    1. I'm sure that's a huge part of it. But would dollar strength alone explain the increase from Russia? Which, now that tensions have come back, it might become a decrease as well. Granted, the ruble might have fallen in recent days and I'm sure that plays a role. But hard to say it is the only role.

    2. Mr. Martin, you have a good point. My opinion is it is off mark for a few reasons.

      The USA is not an in expensive vacation destination. Especially the places that most want to visit. You could argue that this makes your point. I say that the vacationers that are coming here are not affected as much by economics as destinations such as Asia and South America.

      I work in the construction industry and am friends with many Mexicans. Due to Trump becoming President people who live in Mexico no longer want to come the the USA. Also, even legal Mexican immigrants are afraid to travel in the US even short distances because they think they are going to be harassed while doing so due to the Trump regime.

      Another signal is the amount of immigration from the US to Canada.