LA Tourism could see a drop in overseas visits in 2017

Published on : Wednesday, March 8, 2017

LA TourismThis year, LA might witness 300,000 lesser overseas visits which are tantamount to 3 to 4 percent drop as confirmed by Don Skeoch, chief marketing officer of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. This could cause a loss of $220 million in terms of international visitors spending all through 2017 affecting thousands of people who depend on tourism industry for their livelihood as declared by Skeoch.

To quote Don Skeoch, ‘’ to us, that is very substantial. I think this is about consumer sentiment and how people feel about the United States.’’ The ban is imposed on six Muslim countries from entering US for 90 days. But industry experts are considering that travelers of other countries are taking this ban too personally and thinking they are also not allowed to enter the US.

People are planning to spend their vacations in Mexico and Canada causing a dramatic drop in LA traveling. These two countries are the two of the top three countries from whom LA receives its highest number of visitors every year.

To quote Skeoch, ‘’ what we can see is booking searches for future travel. That’s where we see numbers that are dropping by 20 and 30 percent.’’

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