Tourism Has Fallen Off a Cliff

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I doubt this will surprise anyone.

According to Foursquare, foreign tourism to the United States is rapidly declining while tourism to other parts of the world is increasing.

America's share of international tourism has dropped 16% in March, compared to the same month in 2016, according to Foursquare data released Wednesday. [...] From October to March, tourism-related traffic has fallen an average of 11% in the US, compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, tourism in the rest of the world has increased 6% year-over-year during the same period.

You may or may not care what the rest of the world thinks of America, but their view of us can have very real economic consequences. Foreign tourism to the United States is a nearly $11 billion industry and our most frequent visitors travel from Canada and Mexico, two countries that Trump has picked various fights with.

Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck says tourism from the Middle East and Central American countries has declined the most. I would think the reasons for that are obvious. Trump and the GOP have decided that brown people are bad even though the greatest threats we face today, both here in and U.S. and in Europe, are homegrown threats.

  • Draxiar

    My wife and I do shows out on Cape Cod, one the biggest tourist areas on the east coast- overseas travelers especially. This is going to potentially really suck.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    What does Trump care?

    Who, specifically, benefits from tourism? LA and NY. The rest of the country is a rounding error. And Trump lost those areas “bigly.” (OK, maybe Orlando and some border areas, too)

    As we know, Republicans are pathologically incapable of considering second order consequences, so it’s irrelevant that hurting LA/NY hurts the rest of the country. The only thing that matters is that it hurts his enemies (an enemy is defined as anyone who didn’t vote for him) and that it doesn’t directly hurt his base.

    Flyover country doesn’t care about tourism because nobody would ever fly from the other side of the planet to visit the world’s biggest ball of yarn.

    • I have lived in the far, far, cornfielded west suburbs of Chicago since ’98 and this whole state gets a TON of tourism, not just Chicago. I also grew up north of Tampa, Fl and every part of Florida is propped up by tourism. Heavily so.

      Trump doesn’t care because Trump is a fucking moron.

    • JMAshby

      International tourism here in the flyover state of Ohio was a $1.2 billion industry as of 2012.

      I think you’re underestimating how big of an impact it has on the whole country, not just two cities.

      • Sure, NY and LA are popular stops for foreign visitors, but most of those tourists want to see a Nationals Park or two when they are here.

  • muselet

    I wonder how many Trump voters realize how much their jobs depend on tourism.

    I wonder how many Trump voters realize that when Flo and Red have to shut their motel because there aren’t enough tourists, business at Earl’s diner next door takes a hit.

    I wonder how many Trump voters realize that tourism to the US is optional; those people can easily get into the habit of traveling elsewhere.

    I dont have to wonder who Trump voters will blame for their local economies going south (Demonrats, Messicans and Mooslims), nor the course they will choose in order to alleviate the problem (Build the wall! Vote Republican! Ban gay marriage!).



    • Aynwrong

      And libruls. Don’t forget libruls.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    personal anecdote -a friend’s daughter married a New Zealander last year. She had to come back -NZ requires non-residents to be out of the country a certain percent of the time. Friend bought a ticket for NZ son-in-law, idea was they would travel in the U.S and go back to New Zealand. In early May 2017 Customs detained him at LAX, questioned him for 11 hours, and then sent him back to New Zealand. He was deemed a threat to overstay his visa. He said there were a lot of other people in the detention room with him. People like him aren’t even counted as they never officially entered the country, but they are another facet of border policy under Trump.