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“Are we surprised by this data? The honest answer is yes.”

June 07, 2017

Despite mounting impediments to travel to the U.S., including a travel ban that is moving to the Supreme Court and restrictions on electronics in cabins, inbound tourism to the country rose in the month of April.

International travel to the U.S. rose by 4 percent in April 2017 compared with the same month in 2016, according to data from U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Trends Index.

“Are we surprised by this data? The honest answer is yes,” U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said in a statement. “There have been many claims that the administration’s actions on travel have tarnished America’s brand abroad, but we’re seeing hard economic evidence of the U.S. travel sector’s remarkable resilience.”

President Donald Trump issued his first travel ban, restricting visits and visa travel from a number of Muslim-majority countries in January. Several U.S. courts struck down the ban, and the dispute is soon moving to the Supreme Court.

In March the Department of Homeland Security issued a restriction on electronics in cabins for flights from several airports flying to the U.S. from the Middle East. DHS has said they were responding to intelligence that terrorists were developing bombs that could be disguised inside the batteries of large electronics.

Many travel industry professionals had been bracing for a dip, and the New York City tourism board revised their projections by 300,000 visitors.

That dip could still come, however, as it is likely that the international travel that took place in April was booked several months in advance.

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