Published on : Friday, March 31, 2017
In the month of February of this year, the three largest airlines of the U.S.: United, Delta and American Airlines saw an average drop in revenue passenger miles of 2.5% compared to the same period last year. This can be attributed to President Trump’s recent tourism policies. The U.S. travel sector is bracing for a year in which a strong dollar and uncertainty over Trump’s travel ban could deter visitors, as said by industry experts at ITB Berlin held recently.
As an aftermath of President Trump’s revised executive order banning tourists from six Muslim-majority countries to the U.S., although those countries account for a tiny percentage of U.S. visitors, there is growing concern that this order could harm the image of America as a welcoming destination and scare tourists away.
According to David Kong, Chief Executive of US-based hotel group Best Western, “I’m glad that the travel ban has been revised, but it still has some problems. It sends a message that we are not welcoming.” He added, “As leader of our country, the President needs to be aware that there is collateral damage.” The US dollar has gained more than 5% against the Euro over the past six months, making it a pricier affair for travellers to visit the United States.