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Trump’s Embarrassing Presidency Costs U.S. $2.7 Billion in International Tourism

U.S. President Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s embarrassing blunders and repugnant behavior as U.S. President has lowered the nation’s standing in the world and resulted in sharp decline in international tourism to the United States.



U.S. government data on international tourism shows a huge drop in the first three months of 2017 which confirmed the nagging feeling of U.S. tourism officials who have been fretting about the possible “Trump Slump.”

The sharp decline has cost the industry and the U.S. economy $2.7 billion in lost spending.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce released data this week showing a decline of 700,000 international visitors to the United States in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016. The decline represents a loss of nearly $2.7 billion in spending, according to analyst’s estimation.

Visitors from European countries were down 10.1 percent while those from Mexico were down 7.1 percent in the quarter. March saw the largest drop in number of visitors – Mexico dropped a whopping 16.2% while Europe saw a 15.5% decline.




Since the election of Donald Trump, tourism officials feared his radical agenda that often targeted foreigners, would turn off world visitors. Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban represent the highest profile and controversial initiative signaling to foreigners that they may not be welcome to the U.S. The proposed ban seeks to bar Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S.

“It is 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,” the president of Tourism Economics told the Times.

By comparison, international tourism increased six percent the year after President Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012.






Pew Research Center conducted a poll in June about the worldviews of the United States under Trump’s administration. The poll revealed that less than 50 percent of respondents from 37 nations had a positive view of the United States, compared to 64 percent who held the same opinion at the end of President Obama’s term in office.

“It is 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,” the president of Tourism Economics told the Times.

Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board warned in April that L.A. County might suffer a three-year loss of 800,000 international visitors, totaling $736 million in lost spending. New York City earlier this year announced an expected rare decline in business from foreign visitors in 2017 after tapping nearly non-stop tourism growth in recent years.

According to Statista, the travel and tourism industry is one of the largest industries in the United States, making a total contribution of $1.5 trillion to GDP in 2016. The industry forecasted to contribute more than $2.6 trillion by 2027. Travel and tourism is also a reliable and substantial source of employment for U.S. residents, directly providing around 5.5 million jobs annually.






According to Select USA, a website managed by The International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. travel and tourism industry generated over $1.5 trillion in economic output in 2016, supporting 7.6 million U.S. jobs.

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Travel and tourism exports accounted for 11 percent of all U.S. exports and a third (33 percent) of all U.S. services exports, positioning travel and tourism as the nation’s largest services export. 

One out of every 18 Americans is employed, directly or indirectly, either in travel or tourism-related industry. In 2016, U.S. travel and tourism output represented 2.7 percent of the gross domestic product.

 

 

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