On 16 November 2016 , the United States of America elected Donald Trump as their 45th president. The “president elect” is set to rule the country, and (arguably ) the world, for the next four years.
During his campaign, Donald Trump had made it clear that the United States will partially close their borders, especially with Mexico and several muslim countries. Thus, one of the first measures he took was to ban locals of 7 muslim countries from entering the United States. The immigrants coming from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen were no longer be able to stay in the United States and the flights scheduled from those countries were canceled. However, after the ban was lifted by the court, the president decided to remove Iraq from this list.
Also, Donald Trump demands the Prime Minister of Mexico to pay for a wall that would follow the route of the border between the United States and Mexico. This project would hypothetically prevent illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States.
Just a reminder, the United States is the second most visited country in the world, right behind France, and the first country where tourists spend the most money. But today, tourism specialists have begun to wonder about the future of tourism in the United States.
If we look at history , and the fragile relationship between Mexico and United States, the idea of building a wall at the border has already worsened it. What Mr. Trump seems to have forgotten is that Mexico is the second largest market in terms of tourism for the United States.
Also, after the decree that applies the “muslim ban”, number of global flight reservations to the United States has dropped by 6,5% . Tourism employees and specialists do not know yet if this fact will persist or is just a reaction to Trump’s actions.
Donald Trump’s will to focus on America alone is a real threat to the tourism industry and the country itself. As tourism represents around 8% of the total GPD of the United States , it creates direct and indirect jobs (restaurants, hospitality, museums etc.) A decrease in the number of tourists would imply a decrease in the US economy.
Tourists are less disposed to travel to the US, not only because of the harsher visas policy but also due to the negative and unwelcoming impression of the country.
Even though we can now dismiss these numbers as a trend, specialists are worried about the future of tourism in the United States, and reasonably so!