January 25, 2018

Tourism down probably thanks to Trump

BBC-- Travel to the US is falling, a decline some in the tourism industry blame on US President Donald Trump.

The number of international visitors fell by 4% in the first seven months of 2017, according to the US National Travel & Tourism Office.

The trend occurred across all regions, with Africa and the Middle East reporting some of the most dramatic declines.

The decrease in the US contrasts with rising tourism globally.

Some have dubbed the fall in the US a "Trump slump", pointing to the president's America First rhetoric and anti-immigrant comments, as well as tighter visa rules for some countries and other restrictions.

"When people travel, they're looking for a pleasant emotional experience," said Vincent Wolfington, former chair of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

"The perception is it's probably too much trouble at this point in time to visit the US." What are the trends?

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