Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017
According to a recent report published by the World Bank, America earned $220 billion out of tourism back in 2014. With the presidency of Donald Trump, the situation might not remain the same however.
A digital travel app named Hopper recently processed the numbers to bring to the forefront US’s recent drop in tourist arrival post Trump presidency from January this year. The app uses simple technique. Firstly, it calculated the number of flight searches two weeks prior Trump took up the position. Then, the same calculation was done two weeks later Trump presidency. Later on, the app broke the data and calculated the difference.
This time Trump’s much discussed travel ban on seven Muslim countries created a stir and severe criticism around the world.
Travel in US dropped by 17 percent during this time span. After the travel ban, officials saw a dive in searches from January 28th onward. This statistics caused quite dissatisfaction among many US marketers who are dependent on tourism. San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and Los Angeles are the most badly affected cities in US. As Quartz points out, “so any reduction in tourists from overseas could also exacerbate the U.S.’s trade deficit.’’