International Tourism to the U.S. Is Still Strong
Experts are bracing for a slowdown by the end of the year.
International tourism to the U.S. rose by more than 5 percent in May compared to last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
The spike was unexpected to some, given growing impediments to travel in the U.S., including a travel ban and restrictions on large electronics in the cabins of flights originating from certain Middle Eastern countries.
“There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the U.S. travel market — perception of the country abroad is mentioned most, but the strong dollar and slowing global economy are factors as well,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow in a statement. “Yet the resilience of our sector continues to astound.”
The data from May follows a similar trend in April, when international tourism to the U.S. rose by 4 percent, according to the same group.
Several airlines, including Qatar Airways and Emirates, announced this week that the U.S. had lifted electronic restrictions on their cabins.
Tourism industry officials had been bracing for a dip in arrivals in 2017, with the city of New York revising down its projections by 300,000 visitors.
Travel experts are still predicting a slowdown in travel as suggested by bookings for the rest of the year, the Associated Press reported.