Friday, July 07, 2017

Despite fears of a Trump effect, tourism to the U.S. continues to grow

Crain's New York reports:
International travel to the U.S. grew by more than 5% in May compared with data for May 2016, according to the Travel Trends Index report released Wednesday by the U.S. Travel Association.

The strong showing contradicted fears that tourism from abroad would slow in reaction to U.S. policies and rhetoric, including President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The U.S. Travel Association also revised upward its data from April 2017 to a 6.6% increase over April 2016. Originally the association had said international travel to the U.S. grew 4% in April.

"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—yet the resilience of our sector continues to astound," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow in a statement.
Imagine that.