Chinese tourism still strong in the US despite recent slump

Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chinese tourismMany people associated with tourism industry are of the opinion that the U.S. tourism industry is experiencing a so-called “Trump Slump.” There is no doubt that President Trump’s rhetoric and his administration’s policies have had a negative impact on inbound tourism to the United States, with the “travel ban” being the most significant overall.

 

However, many observers have pointed out that it’s not all about Trump. This especially true for China. Overall, tourism dropped by 2.4 percent last year before Trump was elected as the President. Drop in tourism in some regions last year was substantially larger compared to this year. For example, Western European arrivals fell by 6.7 percent in 2016 compared to 1.8 percent this year.

 

With China, the “Trump slump” is not as significant like other source markets. There has even been speculation that Trump’s election actually stimulated increased interest in the United States as a destination in China.

 

Tourism from Asia to the U.S. fell by a much lower rate compared to other source markets. Total year-to-date overseas arrivals to the United States are down 5.7 percent as of November. Asian arrivals were down only 0.8 percent in 2017, with arrivals from Western Europe, Eastern, Europe, and the Middle East down 1.8, 13.8, and 29.8 percent, respectively.

 

This isn’t good news for the U.S. tourism industry. However, by far, China is the most stable and robust source markets for U.S. tourism stakeholders. Despite the downturn, this should be good news for the future of Chinese travel to the United States. Chinese travelers are still very clearly interested in the United States.

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