Published on : Friday, September 15, 2017
As per the new reports from the US Travel Association, the number of visitors tapered in four out of the seven months, causing underlying fears that Donald Trump’s Presidency and his policies are disappointing tourists from visiting the US.
In the month of February, this year, the declines have been reported steepest with 6.8 percent and March 8.2 percent just after the “Muslim ban” implemented that prevented citizens of seven Muslim countries like Iran, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States.
Though they aren’t considered massive markets, but the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) considers that within a week the order came into effect, the US lost $US185 million ($A231 million) in terms of travel bookings. However, it predicts that by the end of 2017, the policy will make the US expend more than $US330 million in lost revenue from Middle Eastern travelers alone.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) equally considers that the President’s policies are acting against US-bound tourism further the banned countries, a phenomenon commonly known as the “Trump slump”.
“The travel ban had an immediate impact on travel bookings to the US,” a spokesperson for the WTTC told The Telegraph, London. “Not just from the initial seven countries where the ban applied to but other parts of the world as well.”