Economy

Tourism Drops by $4.6 Billion Under Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The results of Trump's first year in office are in and foreign tourists aren't saying 'America First' as much as they're saying 'America Never.'

The United States has reportedly shed 40,000 jobs over the past year as spending and travel by foreign tourists has sharply declined.

via NBC News:

Travel to the U.S. has been on the decline ever since President Donald Trump took office, and new data shows the slump translates to a cost of $4.6 billion in lost spending and 40,000 jobs.

The latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office shows a 3.3 percent drop in travel spending and a 4 percent decline in inbound travel.

The industry isn't being coy about the causes of this decline. The U.S. Travel Association is planning to launch a lobbying campaign in Washington to remind Republicans that foreign tourism is an important business, and Intrepid Travel says the Trump regime has been "the source of a lot negative media attention this year" and that the industry must stand for "open borders, inclusivity and the celebration of diversity."

A lobbying campaign isn't going to break this fever. The only thing that will is Democratic victory in November and a thorough roto-rooter of immigration services.

I want to see ICE investigated like I want chocolate cake.

  • muselet

    Imagine you’re a person from somewhere in The Rest Of The World. You have the money for a foreign holiday, which implies you’re reasonably well-educated and financially successful (yes, there are cheap flights from Europe to the US, but even those are a bit rich for, say, a starving student)

    Given the current political climate in the United States, would the US be your destination of choice? Yeah, me either.

    I’m surprised there’s been only a 4% drop in inbound travel.

    –alopecia

    • Georgie

      Throw in you might a women or a POC, sigh, no way.

    • Aynwrong

      Why come to a country led by a psychotic talking pumpkin man who is desperate to keep you out when the socialist hell scape known as Canada is right next door?

  • Aynwrong

    I’m sure that the Derp Führer’s most passionate, head up their asses supporters believe that industries depending upon or benefiting from foreign tourism aren’t creating real Murica jobs like coal mining but the reality is that thousands of hard working Americans are now being negatively impacted by Trump’s demagogic incompetence.

  • David Greenberg

    Obama, Hillary- what else could it be? Just turned 75 and until now I never realized how many bigoted, ignorant assholes there are in this country.

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