Travel to the United States has steadily declined since Donald Trump took office, and new data from the Commerce Department shows just how large of an impact he has had. A 3.3-percent drop in travel spending and a four-percent drop in inbound travel has cost the economy some $4.6 billion and 40,000 jobs, according to analysis by the US Travel Association.
While the economic blow is being felt, America’s ego is getting a one-two punch. The economic-impact report also shows that the United States is now the third most visited country, losing its spot to Spain with France remaining in the number-one spot.
“It’s not a reach to say the rhetoric and policies of this administration are affecting sentiment around the world, creating antipathy toward the U.S. and affecting travel behavior,” Adam Sacks, the president of Tourism Economics, told the New York Times.
A new campaign, though, from the US Travel Association is hoping to turn things around, but will the world's population forgive Trump for international bans and other discriminatory policies?
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