US inbound tourism down by almost 4% in the first half of 2017

Published on : Thursday, November 30, 2017

US inbound tourismThe National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) said that total international visitors fell 3.9% in the first half of the year, while overseas visitors fell 5.7%.

Lesser number of tourists came from both China and India, down 3.2% and 12.9%, respectively. Other weak markets this year were Mexico and Brazil, down 6.3% and 15.1%.

According to U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow, “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.”

New York is the top U.S. destination for overseas travel, with a nearly 30% market share. However, NYC & Company predicts that this year the city could lose up to 100,000 overseas visitors, and this would be the first drop in international tourism since 2009.

Dow said, “New York City has been astutely attuned to this vulnerability for quite some time. To counter the negative effects of policy decisions made by this administration, NYC & Company has activated several global promotions in an effort to protect our fair share of inbound international travel. We applaud U.S. Travel Association’s call to make protecting our industry a national priority.”


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