c2-aa-AP_408986795758-AP Photo Lynne Sladky

Fewer foreigners are visiting the US, thanks to Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric

4.2%

The number of foreigners visiting the US dropped 4.2% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, to 15.8 million people.

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4.2%

Arrivals from Mexico dropped 7.1%, to 3.9 million people, and arrivals from Europe dropped 10.1%, to 2.6 million people.

c2-aa-AP_408986795758-AP Photo Lynne Sladky
4.2%

American president Donald Trump and his anti-immigration stance are largely to blame. After he was elected, travel companies registered a drop in interest on flights to the US.

c2-aa-AP_408986795758-AP Photo Lynne Sladky
4.2%

But while Trump’s negative effect on the travel industry was more anecdotal before, now it is backed by numbers.

c2-aa-AP_408986795758-AP Photo Lynne Sladky
4.2%

While domestic travel is expected to grow, analysts estimate that the number of international arrivals in the US should drop this year.

c2-aa-AP_408986795758-AP Photo Lynne Sladky
4.2%

The tourism industry in the US contributes $503.7 billion to the economy (or 2.7% of the GDP) and employs 5.4 million people (or 3.6% of all jobs).

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