Now that Donald Trump and his various advisers have had a few more months to make asses of themselves and generally terrify the planet, let’s check back in with the U.S. tourism industry. Yep, it’s still collapsing.
America’s share of international tourism has dropped 16% in March, compared to the same month in 2016, according to Foursquare data released Wednesday.
The decline began in October 2016, the month before the presidential election. From October to March, tourism-related traffic has fallen an average of 11% in the US, compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, tourism in the rest of the world has increased 6% year-over-year during the same period.
It turns out that government-backed hostility toward the rest of the planet makes the rest of the planet not want to visit here. Everyone has heard the stories of visitors being detained for hours or days at our airports; everyone has heard of the uptick in hate crimes and seen the tapes of Trump supporters picking out random ethnic-looking people on the street and publicly berating them for being “in our country.” A lot of tourists would prefer to not risk any of that, and just go somewhere else.
“Proponents of President Trump’s new policies might argue that the President intended to reduce visitors from certain countries, and that the economic cost is outweighed by claimed security needs,” [Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck] writes. “Critics of the administration may question the effectiveness of these new tactics. Either way, we believe that the direct economic impact from these policies should be in the conversation.”
It’s very likely that Trump supporters don’t care in the slightest about the economic impact. But the tourism and retail industries care a lot. Donald Trump, who is supposedly a Hotel Guy, is quite possibly too stupid to connect the policy dots to begin with