New York faces a sudden drop in tourism

Published on : Thursday, March 2, 2017

New YorkThis year, people of New York City expect that there would be a sudden drop in overseas tourist arrival, an incident to happen for the first time in seven years. They believe protectionist policies and words of Donald Trump would play an important role. Those political moves are scaring many tourists who played a crucial role in helping the city to fuel a robust growth of visitors since last recession.  NYC & Co, the tourism marketing agency of the city on Tuesday declared its forecast in terms of international visitors has turned negative from positive post Trump election.

The agency estimates that the New York City expects to attract 300,000 fewer foreign nationals this year than 2016. Last year more than 12.7 million international visitors dropped in the city. This drop will affect businesses related to tourism with at least US$600 million (S$845 million) in sales.

Mr Fred Dixon, the chief executive of NYC & Co, said that the presidential election, his statements and measures changed the perception for many tourists about US hospitality. To quote Dixon, ‘’ The Europeans start coming to New York around Easter and continue through summer. That’s when you’ll see the rhetoric out of Washington really having an impact on travel.”

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