Travel in the united states is in decline, a decline of some in the tourism industry of the blame on the AMERICAN President Donald Trump.
The number of international visitors fell by 4% in the first seven months of the year 2017, according to the U.S. National Travel And Tourism Office.
The trend occurred in all regions, with Africa and the Middle East reports of some of the most dramatic declines.
The decrease of the US contrast with the rise of tourism on a global scale.
Some have referred to the fall in the US an “Asset slump”, pointing to the president of the America First rhetoric and anti-immigrant comments, as well as the tightening of visa rules for certain countries and other restrictions.
“When people travel, they are looking for a pleasant emotional experience,” said Vincent Wolfington, former chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
“The perception is that it is probably too much of a problem at this point in time to visit the united states.” What are the trends?
After years of sustained growth, international travel to the united states reached a peak in 2015, to $ 77.5 million visitors.
The number of travellers has decreased by approximately 2% in 2016, a decline that accelerated during the first seven months of the year 2017, according to the National Travel and Tourism figures.
The fall is not uniform.
The visitors from Canada – usually the source of the largest number of foreign visitors increased by 4.6% year-on-year in the month of July, according to the united states.
But the visits of the next two major tourist markets – Mexico and the united KINGDOM has slipped in the period.
The trips from China, which accounted for the fifth largest number of visitors, has also decreased, while it remained in Japan, the number four in the market.
Why has this happened?
In the important UK market, the weakness of the pound is likely to discourage visitors, said David Tarsh, a spokesman for ForwardKeys, Spain-based company that analyzes travel patterns.
But in a general way, the value of the dollar has declined sharply this year, which makes it cheaper for most foreigners to travel in the united states than it was in 2016.
If the dollar remains relatively strong compared to five years ago, Mr. Wolfington said he thinks the climate is the determining factor, as international studies show the approval of the directorate of the united states has decreased.
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He said that US tourism has suffered in the same way after the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, when the united states has emphasized security at the border, and launched the unpopular invasion of Iraq.
“Non-US citizens have got the impression that they were not welcome in the united states,” said Mr. Wolfington, who identifies as a political independent. “Today, we are facing the same situation.”
Mr Tarsh said ForwardKeys has not been able to isolate the impact of the president’s policies and rhetoric. But the company expects long-haul bookings up to US to continue to accuse the rest of the world in 2018.
“You can’t say that it is causal, but at the same time, we can’t see how it could be helpful,” he said.
How does this compare on a global scale?
The decline in foreign travelers which makes US an outlier.
International tourist arrivals increased by 7% last year, led by gains in Europe, the United Nations reported recently.
The report, based on preliminary figures, said that Spain is on track to replace the united states as the number two travel destination, after France.
Between 2015 and 2017, both of the top 12 destinations in the world – the united states and Turkey have recorded declines in long-haul travel, according to the Visit US coalition, a collection of travel industry groups that are drawing attention in the fall.
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The coalition is in the process of launching its proposals as an economic imperative for the united states.
“Our guiding principle is that we can have strong national security, and still welcome legitimate international visitors,” Roger Dow, president of the US Travel Association, said in a press release, which called the decline “alarming”.
Spending by international visitors fell by 3.2 per cent, or more than $ 250 million in the first 10 months of the year 2017, according to the Commerce Department.
The World Travel and Tourism Council says that tourism contributes about 8% of the gross domestic product in 2016.