Published on : Thursday, March 2, 2017
Several reports have revealed following the travel ban by President Donald Trump. It seems now by the travel experts that the decision has even deterred those people not affected directly by the executive order from travelling to the US. Consequentially, it has costed the country’s tourism industry in millions.
Interest in both business and leisure travel to the US dropped since Mr Trump took office as shown by GBTA. It estimated that the US lost about $185m in business travel bookings as uncertainty dented travellers’ confidence.
Kayak, a travel search site showed interest in travel to the US from the UK had “fallen off a cliff”.
Searches for flights to Tampa and Orlando declined 58 per cent while searches for Miami were down 52 per cent when compared to last year. Searches for San Diego dropped by 43 per cent, Las Vegas by 36 per cent and Los Angeles 32 by per cent. average prices for hotel rooms in Las Vegas dropped by 39 per cent on average although the flight prices stayed stable.
Suzanne Perry, a travel expert at Kayak, said that they have noted that searches to the US dropped after the new President came to office – but it seems like this is a longer-term trend.
She continued that the US has historically been one of the most popular countries for Brits, but searches to popular destinations falling by over half in one year is a massive shift.
Flight app Hopper also shared their analysis showing flight search demand from 122 international origins to the US for weeks immediately before and after Mr Trump’s inauguration and in February found that demand fell significantly after the travel ban was announced.