Foreign Tourism To USA Sags Under Trump

The New York Times reports:

New figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce show a drop in international visitors to the United States by close to 700,000 in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year. European countries were down 10.1 percent, and Mexico was off 7.1 percent in the quarter. The largest drops were from the Middle East and Africa, though they represent a much smaller percentage of overall travel to the United States.

The question of whether the results prove a ripple effect from President Trump’s proposed travel ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim countries, an expanded wall along the Mexican border and anti-immigrant statements remains unanswered. But the data tracks with a decline in United States favorability abroad: In June, the Pew Research Center found that 49 percent of those surveyed in 37 nations had a positive view of the United States, versus 64 percent at the end of President Obama’s term in office.

Within Europe, the tourism declines were largest in Switzerland at nearly 28 percent, Belgium at 20 percent and Britain at 15.5 percent. Britain accounts for the largest share by country of European arrivals in the United States, with 4.5 million tourists last year, making its slowdown significant.

  • Bluto

    There will be plenty of good jobs available for unemployed tour directors at the clean coal mines.

    • clay

      and I’m sure it’s a simple commute . . .

      • Tomcat

        They can live in the mines, for a price.

        • Tomcat

          And get paid in script good at the company store, wow what an idea.

        • Tatonka

          Do you want cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers?? Because that’s how you get cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers.

          • Tawreos

            So that’s where Trump gets his supporters from.

          • Bryan

            Craaaaab People Craaaaaab Peo-ple, Taste like Crab, Talk like People….

          • jerry

            CHUD will be taking over for Housing and Urban Development.

    • Professor Barnhardt

      Mind the methane.

      • Adam King

        They’re taking the canaries’ jobs.

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      • Bad Tom

        No smoking.
        We mean it.

    • FAEN

      This is John Kelly’s expression after Cheeto’s UN speech-says it all!!

      • pj

        hes very presidential isnt he john. john…

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Dear John Kelly, you chose to work for this goof. Maybe you should work on something that actually creates good results.

  • Scrap all those courses on the tourist industry, unless you have a language other than English a

  • matrem

    Once the ACA is repealed, and thousands of Americans die off, tourism will sag further. Then again, once we become a third-world country, hotel prices will drop.

    • Snarkaholic

      Hey, Chump, good luck finding soldiers to fight/die in your wars, when you’ve already killed them off by cutting all social programs.

      • matrem

        Hey, I’m with you on this. But let’s get real: this is a coup. America is dunzo. Find a neutral country and get there quick before escape is cut off.

        • FAEN

          I don’t think we’re to that point but there is no harm being a dual citizen.

    • Tomcat

      The economy will be crashed to the floor if the ACA gets repealed.

      • matrem

        And somehow it will be Obama’s fault. This is no longer America.

        • Tomcat

          I don’t think so, everyone will know the name of the traitor that caused it. They will finally call him great, the great assahola.

          • Uncle Mark

            Will Lindseybelle’s bo’ (McCain) vote for this mess? (I’ve noticed the two of them haven’t been too chummy, since the cancer diagnosis and McCain’s “betrayal.”)

          • matrem

            Yeah right. Progressive voters will continue not to show up, the GOP will gain more power, and then install themselves for life.

    • Adam King

      They’ll come for the dirt-cheap American whores if nothing else.

      • Tomcat

        They are only cheap because they are subsidized.

      • Uncle Mark

        They’re pretty cheap already when you deal with the GOPimp. “Buy American. Buy a Senator”

    • netxtown

      You mean – the end is near for Trivago?

      • Lars Littlefield

        What will Tim Williams do for a job? Oh noes!

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Bots will be reviewing closed properties for years.

  • JuanGalicia

    I will be honest, I thought I would never travel to the states under his rule but I am going to Chicago for two weeks in November c.c .. couldn´t resist !

    • JCF

      Be sure to spend money only in Blue States! [Illinois qualifies :-)]

    • Lars Littlefield

      Where do you live? DF by any chance? Hope you are safe.

  • JWC

    Conversley Canada’s tourist numbers are up but then our dollar is a bargoon

    • james1200

      I might be coming up there soon for a vacation (and I might never leave.)

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Come on up, we’ll be happy to have you…..oh wait, that didn’t come out right…..oh shit! Imma stop now. 🙂

    • kaydenpat


      • JWC

        Loonies and twoonies oh my

  • Todd20036

    We don’t deserve their money

  • Lazycrockett

    “Don’t want those people coming to Murica to begin with.”

  • JCF

    [Sorry, JMGers, I’m spamming every thread re Thug efforts to Kill ObamaCare—and Yours Truly]

    Well, this GOP Congressman from NY doesn’t think Graham-Cassidy will pass in the Senate (nevermind the House: GOP Cong. Peter King of NY has already come out against it: NY will be PUNISHED under it!)

    Please, let him be right. [Keep calling!]

    • Lazycrockett
      • Gustav2

        Geez, so much for them thar states rights.

        • FAEN

          Remember IOKIYAR.

      • safari

        State’s rights!

    • kaydenpat

      Hard to believe that Republicans are so cruel to their fellow Americans. Keep calling.

      • FAEN

        When Republicans ARENT cruel to others it’s hard to believe.

    • Tomcat

      While your intentions are well placed and you chose a great battle ground, there actually is very little we can do but hope a miracle happens and we get to keep our ACA. Republicans just absolutely refuse to try and fix it.
      So basically if their baby cries they throw it out and screw for another.

      • netxtown

        You’ve given a clear and compelling justification of “dumb fucks”. I had no idea republicans were the source for the term.

    • Ninja0980

      Translation, if it passes, only a couple of NY Republicans will be safe, the rest of us will be fucked come 2018.

      • Uncle Mark

        Odds are that the Republicans will delay the enaction of this until AFTER the 2018 elections, lest their constituents see how awful it is and throw them all out.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
      • FAEN

        It’s almost always about money.

        • prixator

          Yeah. Sometimes, it’s about “religious freedom” (and that probably gains them money, too).

    • Spam away. Anyone with a sane senator needs to be calling every day.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      You’re not spamming, you’re offering a public service. Keep at it.

  • Puck

    Trump and his buddies are loving it! All the foreigners stay out and he will help send the ones already here back.

    He’s a dick!

  • Tomcat

    How about it dammit, speak in DOLLARS, that is all trump knows.
    How many BILLIONS are we losing from curbed tourism.

    • netxtown

      I was wondering the same. I would venture the average trip (airfare, hotels, food, trinkets, etc) somewhere around a minimum of $2500 per person……

    • Tomcat

      Billions of dollars are spent on candy just for Easter. Them not coming has to be much bigger of a loss.

    • Uncle Mark

      Nice try. Twitler only cares about the money that affects HIM

      • Wouldn’t you think it would impact the visitors at his many golf courses?

        It is so expensive to be a golfer in Japan, many hard core golfers will come to Arizona and stay a week or more golfing. Even with air fare, hotels, food and greens fees it’s cheaper than at home. I’d like to see the numbers at the end of this year if this industry suffered a drop in Japanese tourism.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    And remember an international trip in the first quarter of 2017 may have well been planned before the inauguration. I would imagine far more are planning trips elsewhere and the numbers will drop even further.

    Universities will also be hurting, as what sane international student would consider the US? They won’t be renting apartments, buying food and textbooks and will not be available for US recruiters as they graduate.

    • olandp

      As I understand it, foreign admissions are way down, causing a slight panic in the university system. A large portion of post secondary education is underwritten by foreign tuition.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Winning. SO much… winning.

        • I’m very tired of…..”winning”. Can we please go back to not winning again?

        • MBear

          Arentchya tired of it yet?

      • kareemachan

        And Canadian universities are getting a glut of applications from foreign students.

        • prixator

          Thanks, Trump! And thanks for the extra immigrants and tourists, too. Your loss is our gain.

  • kaydenpat

    Makes sense. Why come and risk humiliation by ICE or CBP when there are so many other countries you can visit?

    • Antoni Jaume

      Or, at least in some instances, be arrested and then sent to a third country to be tortured, like it happened to Maher Arar.

      • kaydenpat

        I remember that case. Just awful.

  • greenmanTN

    Tourism is doing it in solidarity with his jowls.

  • Ninja0980

    When Trump brags about coal miners etc., will and others talk about all the jobs he is costing in the tourist trade, which is a hell of a lot bigger?

  • Uncle Mark

    “Foreign Tourism To USA Sags Under Trump” That’s not the only thing that SAGS under Trump

  • Lars Littlefield

    A 7.1 just hit Mexico City. No news on damage as yet. But there was a city-wide earthquake drill today before it hit.

    • Tomcat

      I think Trump is behind those quakes in Mexico, pass the word.

    • mad-dog

      I’m here again, in Cuautitlan Izcalli, northwest of city. This one felt a lot worse than the one 2 weeks ago, no damage to the factory building I’m in, but looks like more damage in the city from sketchy reports I have seen. Mexico City airport was evacuated, and all flights diverted while they check for damage, which doesn’t look promising for my flight tomorrow at noon.

      • Lars Littlefield

        The Earthquake Watchers claim the center was in or near Puebla. If so, the place is probably nothing but rubble. So far no news about how widespread the damage is outside of DF. Stay safe.

  • Tawreos

    I don’t understand why people are reluctant to come here when all our president is doing is threatening to ban some of them from coming, deporting those that are here for vacation and possibly talking us into WW3. Who can figure some people out?

  • There has been a big drop in international students at American universities as well. I don’t have hard numbers yet but I’ll link to them when I do. I think most schools are trying to hide this for fear that publicizing it will just make it worse (as in the Streisand Effect).

    • FAEN

      Yep-more international students are choosing Canada and Europe over the US. Who can blame them?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      True. We’ve seen a big uptick in foreign students applying here. Especially for the University of Toronto, McGill in Montreal and the Sciences Faculty at Alberta University has seen 5 times the influx.

      • Someone was bound to benefit from American’s dumbassery. I’m glad it is a nice country like Canada.

  • FAEN

    I don’t blame tourists for not wanting to visit. I really don’t.

    • Cackalaquiano

      We’re terrible right now

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        It’s not you, it’s what you’re wearing…so to speak.

        • Cackalaquiano

          It’s after Labor Day, so time to retire this one…

  • jerry

    It was noticeable at DC and NYC prides, and at Southern Decadence this year. In the past, there were far more foreign tourists attending.

  • Rex

    Honestly, if you didn’t live here would you want to visit now?

    • FAEN

      Definitely not.

  • barrixines

    I’m someone still rooting for the good guys in the US but I have to say there’s no way in the world I would spend my tourist euros in your country right now.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      We’re in the same boat. We live right beside the U.S. and not 45 minutes (by jet) from NYC. Sadly, both of us have made the choice to spend our hard earned dollars elsewhere. This year it’s south America for us. Sad, because we have family, both by blood and chosen, in the states and we miss them dearly. Thankfully, they understand our decision and hope, as we do, that these dark days will disappear sooner rather than later.

      • Hardy

        We live 1.5 hours north of the US here in BC and have postponed our annual trips to Seattle and Palm Springs. Mexico, Costa Rica and elsewhere will be receiving our tourist $ for the foreseeable future.

      • Elsewhere1010

        Are American tourists still welcome in Canada, or are we looked at with a suspicious eye? Husband and I have visited Vancouver, Banff, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City and have always been grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received, and this fall we’re going back. Given the US’s current reputation, what’s the feeling on American tourists?

        • Hue-Man

          American tourists are always welcome in Canada. I don’t believe visitors were treated any differently when Bush was President or when Obama was President. Ditto Trump. If his approval rating were 90%,however, the answer might be different!

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            The real question is whether Canada will welcome U.S. citizens as refugees.

        • prixator

          You’ll be fine. But, no guns and you’d do better if you don’t dress like this:

          • Elsewhere1010

            No danger there.

  • popebuck1

    The phrase “well, duh” springs to mind.

  • NZArtist

    Would *you* visit a country run by an insane dictator, where Nazis are marching openly in the streets, and police are ruthlessly oppressing dissent?

    • Oh hellz no! There are many days I wish I didn’t live here, but there is nothing that would entice me to travel here.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      U.S. passports are not valid for travel to North Korea.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    A lot of travel industry execs and travel writers were quick to say that the ‘Trump Slump’ was not really happening back in the spring when the first signs of it were showing up. I don’t know if that’s because they were trying to avoid negative press, make lemonade out of lemons, or if they were just Trump supporters in denial. But it’s good in a way that the hard numbers are in now. At least it’s good for that shrinking proportion of us Americans who still choose to live in reality.

    As a lot of articles pointed out this past Spring, this may not be the worst of it. Overseas vacations are often planned and paid for many months in advance and often can’t be easily cancelled. The full extent of the ‘Trump Slump’ in U.S. tourism may not manifest until next year.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I have my own personal refusal to travel to red states during the Trumpence era despite the fact that a lot of red states do have gorgeous stuff like Sedona and Denali Park and usually tourist cities don’t want to shit on tourists while they’re dropping bucks so they’re less likely to give you attitude.

      I’m not in the mood to help support people who voted in that orange horror.

    • Snarkaholic

      Not to mention the loss of income they’ll suffer from the huge drop in the number of cruises, due to hurricanes.

  • AtticusP

    Tourism to the USA is down under Trump? I can’t imagine why.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Honey, EVERYTHING sags under Trump

  • orion dumptee

    heading to Vienna/Munich,,where for the FIRST time ….I will tell everyone I’m from MONTREAL

    • Mikey

      you better speak French.. otherwise say you’re from Vancouver.

      • orion dumptee

        ha ha ok, i will use the ‘Quebec’ version…

  • FelineMama

    Well, Hell, Asshole in Chief is getting us closer to WW3, so, why worry. No one seems to care: congress?? congress??, Bueller. Hell, they’re too busy taking healthcare away from the American people. Priorities doncha know!!

  • Hue-Man

    Canadian schools and their sports teams stopped travel to the U.S. when Muslim students were hauled off the buses at U.S. ports of entry. Conference planners around the world have to consider how many of their speakers and conference attendees might not be able to attend when they read stories like this.
    SEVEN entrepreneurs based in the Brussels district Molenbeek, dubbed the ‘jihadi capital of Europe’ have been denied entry into the US.

    Chambers of Commerce remind us constantly that business needs certainty in tax rates, regulations, etc. Their protests at the lack of certainty at the U.S. border has been timid in comparison, whether for potential customers (foreign tourists) or foreign employees.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      For this reason, I am quite surprised that Los Angeles got the 2028 Summer Olympics. Thank you.

  • Barry William Teske

    You have “totally destroyed”.
    Your ‘self’.
    So how does the family feel about all this?
    Because where there is smoke…

  • DN

    When foreign tourists come to America, all the money they spend here is, economically, an export. Overseas tourists spend thousands of dollars per person per visit. The United States has an interest in remaining an attractive tourist destination

    Meanwhile, Donald Trump is obsessed with our balance of trade and is oblivious to the damage he’s done to our tourist sector. Good job, Donald.

  • vorpal 😼

    I’m an American citizen and every time I travel through the US, I feel like a criminal based on the way that security treats me. As an expat, my desire to go to the US as a vacation destination is pretty much zero at this point.

    Body scans, laptop searches, having to remove my damned shoes?
    No, thanks.

  • 604brian

    We have traveled to the US from Canada numerous times and last year we visited Chicago, Honolulu and Seattle in separate vacations. Then came Trump, and we decided that we will not be spending our travel dollars in the US, probably until there is an about face in the US leadership.

  • Friday’s_cat

    What else sags under Trump?