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Tourism Economics: Visits to USA could be down by 2M in 2017



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27 March 2017 (Edited 27 March 2017)




According to this article by Marielle Segarra for Marketplace, travel researchers Tourism Economics expect the number of international visitors to the USA to fall by 2 million in 2017, costing travel/tourism businesses $2.5B.

Tourism Economics President Adam Sacks is quoted as saying: "[Flight bookings, travel searches and other indicators] together are painting this picture of a shift in travel patterns away from the US."

Sacks also said that the strong US dollar is a factor, but the political environment - specifically President Donald Trump's "America-first" rhetoric - is a bigger issue.

Some potential visitors to the USA are said to be staying away as a protest against the Trump administration's proposed ban on visits from predominantly Muslim countries.



Sadly, the perceived safety of a destination is going to be a major factor in trip planning in 2017 (and subsequent years from now on, very likely). After terrorist attacks in Belgium and France in 2015-2016, London was high on the list of safe destinations. But that has suddenly changed. See the Related Listings (below) for more on recent trends re destination safety.

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