Will Tourism to the U.S. Slow Under Trump?
A travel survey predicted that 1 million British tourists would lose interest in travel to the U.S. were Donald Trump elected as president. This poll was taken before the election, as a hypothetical.
On Tuesday night, it became a very real situation.
If a president represents a nation on the world stage, Trump’s reputation abroad raises questions for tourist arrivals in the U.S.
The businessman-turned-politician creates divisive opinion around the world. He is held in warm regard by some conservative parties abroad (France’s conservative leader Marine Le Pen said Trump’s win was “good for” France), while other parties hold him up as an example of all that is wrong with American politics and economy. (French president Francois Hollande said that Trump’s win “opens up a period of uncertainty” that “must be faced with lucidity and clarity.”)
According to a survey from The Telegraph, 34 percent of Brits are “put off” by the idea of visiting the U.S. during a Trump presidency. Another survey from bookings site Travelzoo found that about 20 percent of Brits would “definitely” not consider the U.S. as a destination were Trump elected president. (This survey was taken before the election results were announced.)
“Following confirmation of a win for Donald Trump in the presidential election today, we are now forecasting an unstable 2017 for US tourism, with over one million U.K. travellers set to reconsider the country as a holiday destination,” Travelzoo’s managing director told The Telegraph.
In 2014, 77 million foreign tourists visited the U.S. Of that total, over 17 million were from Mexico. (Canada sent the most tourists, 23 million.) After Trump’s threats of deporting Mexicans in America and building a wall between the two countries, it is highly unlikely that this number will grow—or even remain the same.
The next largest swaths of tourists came from the UK, Japan and Brazil.