$18 billion in US tourism dollars at stake in Supreme Court’s decision to partially reinstate Trump’s travel ban
When President Donald Trump signed two executive orders banning immigration from Muslim-majority countries, the international tourism industry went into a tailspin. Despite being blocked in courts, consumer confidence dipped tremendously, and in March, an analysis showed that that dip in traveler confidence could result in $18 billion in tourism losses.
Now that Trump’s travel ban has been temporarily reinstated by the Supreme Court pending a full hearing on it in the fall, the propensity for even more money lost in tourism has risen.
In early June, the Los Angeles Times reported on an analysis from the website Foursquare that found tourism to the U.S. dropped six percent between October 2016 and March 2017, when it dropped even further to 16 percent.
According to the Foursquare report, Asian tourism is reaping what Trump has sown — Asia “has picked up leisure business at the expense of the U.S.,” meaning rather than just staying home, tourists are taking their money elsewhere in pursuit of travel.