Travel to the U.S. steadily declined since President Donald Trump took office in 2017. The latest report shows the “Trump Slump” caused $4.6 billion in lost spending and 40,000 jobs.
The latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office shows a 3.3 percent fall in travel spending and a 4 percent drop in international travel to the United States.
The Trump Slump caused America to lose its long held spot as the world’s second most popular country for foreign travel, falling behind Spain. France maintained its top spot.
Experts say Trump’s proposed travel bans and anti-immigrant speeches, policies and Tweets negatively impacted the U.S.’s reputation as a destination for foreign visitors.
“@nanaelaine7: I can’t wait for your inauguration!! The beginning of the end to these criminal immigrants. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” Thanks.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2015
A weaker dollar and heightened security measures also played a role.
Adam Sacks, the president of Tourism Economics, posited a theory for the decline.
It’s not a reach to say the rhetoric and policies of this administration are affecting sentiment around the world, creating antipathy toward the U.S. and affecting travel behavior.”
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