Trump is killing tourism.

By |2018-08-06T13:05:03-09:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

Would you want to travel to a country led by an out of control despot?

Courtesy of the Daily Beast

Ever since our forty-fifth president was elected, tourism to the United States from foreign countries has steadily dropped—in the face of a worldwide boom in travel—and the authoritative U.S. Travel Association has just provided me with figures projecting a further drop in 2018, from a share of worldwide tourism of 12.0% in 2017 to 11.7% this year. And this is after a drop in Trump’s first year in office from 12.9%. Though the numbers and differentials look small in percentages, they are large in terms of dollars not spent here by foreign tourists and they have serious negative implications for jobs not created.

What has caused this series of drops in foreign tourism since Donald Trump was sworn in as president? Trump’s rhetoric and new policies and rules and regulations regarding travel have combined to blot America’s long-standing image as a welcoming nation.

And of course his travel ban, a barely disguised version of the total ban on Muslims being allowed into this country he announced during his presidential campaign, inflamed worldwide opinion and in practical terms it barred visits by citizens of seven entire countries in the name of preventing terrorist attacks (though none have come from the countries the ban singled out).

The administration’s treatment of people attempting to flee here from violence-wracked Central American countries and Trump’s rhetoric about Mexico from the moment he entered the presidential race hasn’t encouraged Hispanics to come see our wondrous sights and enjoy our beautiful beaches. Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord hasn’t helped, nor have his rows with the leaders of friendly nations, which began almost from when he took office. Neither has Trump’s launching a trade war. New visa vetting policies have also caused delays and denials that didn’t use to occur. The invasive new tightening of airport security has put off numerous travelers to this country.

Maybe all these changes have prevented would-be terrorists from entering the U.S., but they for sure have discouraged or denied many visitors with benign intentions.

I would take issue with that last statement. 

Since virtually all of our most recent terrorist attacks have come from longtime residents of our country who have become radicalized, it seems highly unlikely that Trump’s new policies have stopped even a single incident. 

However, stopping the flow of much-needed tourist money into this country, THAT he has most certainly accomplished. 

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  1. Anonymous August 6, 2018 at 5:44 am

    To which the RWNJs reply, “So? We didn’t want them here in the first place.”

  2. rop August 6, 2018 at 6:16 am

    One would think people would want to come en masse to see THE PROSTITUTE SLOVENIAN.

  3. viv August 6, 2018 at 7:18 am

    It’s not just the racism: what reasonable person is going to want to vacation in a country that punishes babies for crossing the border by taking away their mothers?

  4. whatevs August 6, 2018 at 9:13 am

    iAlso need to look at what this is doing to our higher ed institutions, because what mom or dad with any other choice, is going to let their 17-20 year old go to a “shithole country” that allows (and in the case of the Occupier of the Oval Office-encourages) attacks – often violent and fatal– on those who look “differnent/foreign.” International students pay the full bill – full stop, without any government help at any institution. With many public and private institutions exceeding $50K per year in total (tuition, fees, room, board) that’s a huge hit in our university budgets.It’s also a hit in our own students’ ability to funcition in a global world by encountering diverse viewpoints in person on campus.

    • Beaglemom August 6, 2018 at 9:50 am

      It’s bound to do great damage to universities, especially to graduate degree programs. We have to keep in mind, of course, that the GOP no longer believes in education. And the GOP no longer believes in science. We are in a real pickle here in the good old USA.

      I hate to see what is happening here but I truly understand why foreigners do not want to spend their vacation money here. I don’t want to either.

  5. anon August 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Let’s face it. Why would sane people risk coming here with our gun laws? Why risk being murdered in a public venue? This country is dangerous. We would put a similar country on the State department’s list of countries to avoid !!

  6. Lewsiffer August 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I work adjacent to the tourist industry in AK and we’ve not seen any decrease in tourism where I work, in fact we have a third more bus visitors this year than we have had any year since I began this gig in 2006.

    Many of the tourists that I interface with are budget cruise/bus/train travelers and many are MAGA folks, always fun to confront them with the very obvious climate change that is happening here. I like to dare them to counter me with their conservatard nonsense, makes me look forward to going to work each day 🙂

    The only thing that maintains my sanity is that we also have a decent selection of independent tourists and high-end cruisers most of whom are progressive and realistic, still talking with the sane-minded is never as entertaining as pulling the strings of the deplorables.

  7. Anonymous August 10, 2018 at 2:35 am

    And the tourists that do come? Most will be going to California, New York and Florida. Meanwhile Trump is rescinding his “welfare” for the soybean farmers. And those stupid schmucks still support him.

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