Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017
Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant remarks and proposed travel ban in the early part of this year caused people associated with travel to fear a “Trump slump” regarding the number of people opting to visit the United States.
It was difficult to assess how much the U.S. President’s remarks affected overall travel to the United States in 2017. But two things are certain: This has not been a good year for U.S. tourism in general, but there has clearly been no Trump slump when it comes to Canadians.
The number of international visitors visiting the United States from January through June dropped 3.9 per cent compared to the same period in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Travel and Tourism Office.
With one exception i.e. Canada, travel from other regions of the world went down: fewer people from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean visited the United States in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.
“Canada for us is going to be one of the bright spots,” said Fred Dixon, president and chief executive officer of NYC & Co., New York’s official tourism organization, regarding the numbers expected when the final count for 2017 is done.
“The international market overall is expected to decline by about 100,000 visitors this year,” Dixon said. But the number of visitors from Canada is expected to rise 1 per cent to 2 per cent over last year, he said. “That’s a real success story.”
The United States’ reputation on the global stage may be suffering because of Trump’s rhetoric, but experts say that it is economics, not politics, that has the greatest influence on where people travel.