Ever since Donald Trump has been President of the United States, the rest of the world has been keeping a safe distance, and tourism data proves it.
In what is being referred to as the “Trump Slump,” tourism revenue has steadily dropped ever since the passage of President Trump’s first Muslim ban, which was later struck down by a federal judge. The UK-based Independent reported that in just the initial week following Trump’s executive order banning immigration from predominantly Muslim countries, foreign travel to the U.S. dipped by 6.5 percent.
When comparing the period of January 28 to February 4 of this year to the same time last year, business travel bookings dropped precipitously by $185 million, according to data from the Global Business Travel Association. All told, this means the United States is on pace to lose as much as $7.4 billion in tourism dollars in 2017, as 4.3 million fewer people from other countries are likely going to refrain from visiting Trump’s America if current trends continue.
Even in the United Kingdom, which is considered the closest ally of the United States, British citizens are hesitant to visit the United States. According to numbers travel site Kayak provided to The Independent, searches for trips to Miami, Florida — which is the second-most popular destination for Britons traveling to the U.S. — are down 52 percent in comparison to the same time period in 2016.
Muslim activist Tamanna Miah told The Independent’s Helen Coffey that, even if she were traveling to the U.S. with a valid passport, she would be hesitant to go during the Trump administration given the open antipathy President Trump has shown toward the Muslim community since his campaign.
“I don’t want to go somewhere where I’m not welcome – and I wouldn’t want to take the risk of being kicked off a plane for being Muslim,” she said. “[W]hy should I spend my valuable time and money investing in their tourism trade when the country does not want me or my fellow Muslims there?”
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.