|Published : 13 Apr 2017, 12:58:10 | Updated : 13 Apr 2017, 12:58:47|
Tourists’ arrival in US declines
Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors to the US decreased slightly by 1.0 per cent in January compared with January 2016 levels, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. Airfare receipts on US airlines from international visitors also decreased 1.0 per cent, according to the NTTO, according to a global media report.
The three big US airlines reported an average 2.6 per cent decrease in international passenger revenue miles in February compared with February 2016 and a smaller 0.2 per cent year-on-year decrease in March.
Hopper has seen a 14 per cent drop in international round-trip flight searches to the US compared with international searches to other destinations since the November US election, a trend which could continue if would-be foreign tourists increasingly fear having to hand over access to their personal devices and financial information to enter the US.
Internet inquiries for round-trip flights to the US dropped from the majority of other countries for which Hopper had data, not just those directly affected by the executive order. Hopper reported a 49.5 per cent drop in searches from China, the target of some of Mr Trump’s strongest campaign rhetoric, as well as big drops from Europe and Latin America.
There was a 16 per cent decrease in searches from Mexico, second only to Canada as the US’s biggest source of tourists, according to the Department of Commerce. However, there was a 60 per cent rise in inquiries about round-trip flights to the US from Russia in the weeks following the executive order.