Trump travel bans causes slump in U.S. tourism

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 21, 2017

In a recent report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), travel and tourism accounted for one out of every 10 of the world's jobs in 2016, an increase of 3.3 percent from the previous year.

According to the WTTC's Economic Impact Report 2017, the travel and tourism industry generated $7.6 trillion worldwide, an astounding 10.3 percent of the global gross domestic product when the direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account.

The WTTC's Impact Research report for 2017 shows that while the United States travel and tourism sector is the worlds biggest, forecasted growth in the country's travel and tourism industry is likely to reduce to 2.3 per cent, a fall from 2016's rate of 2.8 per cent.

In addition, the travel and tourism industry accounted for 292 million jobs in 2016, and global visitor exports accounted for nearly 30 percent of total world services exports and 6.6 percent of total world exports.

As a result of a strong dollar, travel overseas will be cheaper for U.S. citizens, with the most likely beneficiaries expected to be Canada and Mexico, as well as the Caribbean and Mediterranean destinations.

Additionally, global visitor exports, which is money spent by foreign visitors, accounted for 6.6% of total world exports, and nearly 30% of total world services exports.

The WTTC said that was evidenced in flight search data.

"For the U.S.to continue on this growth path, it is important to address the current forecast drop in inbound travel, and to reverse the negative perceptions created by the proposed travel ban", WTTC president and CEO David Scowsill said in a statement.

In terms of regions growing the fastest, Southeast Asia's travel and tourism industry grew by 8.3 percent, followed by South Asia (7.9 percent), North East Asia (4.6 percent), Oceania (4.4 percent), the Caribbean (3.2 percent), North America (3.1 percent), the Middle East (2.7 percent), Sub-Saharan Africa (2.4 percent), Europe (1.6 percent) and Latin America (0.2 percent). "We urge the administration to recognize the importance of our sector, both to the economy and to American jobs".

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