Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
In the first six months of the year, the international visitor number to the U.S. declined 3.9 percent (almost 34 million travelers), in comparison to the same time last year, as per the recent report from the United States Department of Commerce National Travel and Tourism Office. In June, the shrinking reached its peak with a 6.7 percent decline compared with June 2016.
Visitors from China and India declined in the number of visitors to the U.S. by 3.2 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively. Last year alone, China arrivals increased 14.7 percent, while India’s increased 4.1 percent.
In particular, countries influenced by the immigration strategies implemented later saw a decline in travel to the U.S. The number of visitors from the Middle East decreased almost 30 percent, in comparison to the first six months of 2016; On the other hand, Mexican visitors coming from January to June decreased 9.4 percent, compared to the same period of 2016.
“The latest government travel data is deeply concerning, not just to our industry but to anyone who cares about the economic well-being of the United States,” said Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association.
“These numbers are an undeniable wake-up call, and correcting this troubling trend needs to become a national priority. The travel industry will turn over every stone looking for all available policy options to better promote the U.S. as an international destination, and we stand ready to partner with the federal government to grow travel, and American jobs and exports along with it.”
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