Impact of the Trump Immigration Rules on the US Tourism

Observers estimate that the tourism industry in the US will be sluggish

Times Square, New York - Image credit L Priyanti

Holiday in America is still the one option that tempts many tourists from different parts of the world, and until recently traveled to the United States always ranks in the top selection of the best tourists in the world.

Travel to America, especially to a particular region, say, New York or other big cities there.

Now the United States has a new president, Donald Trump who then issued a new policy related to immigration, one of which is to deport the population of seven Muslim-majority countries in the world.

As the quote from the site CNN Indonesia, February 22, that there is a certain impact to the policy, according to analysts who predicted that the tourism industry in America will be sluggish. Despite the campaign period, Trump promised to improve the country's economy by opening as many jobs.

The fact that occurred after he was elected is a risk for one of the industries which contributed revenue of the country, namely tourism.

Not only immigrants, as reviewed in the CNN on Wednesday, February 22, that will be affected by the policy of deportation of citizens who hold a residence permit (green card).

In a more specific sense affected are foreign tourists who now think again before they decide to visit the United States.

Spokesman of travel websites Cheapflights, Emily Fisher, reporting that search travel packages to the United States decreased by 30 percent after the new immigration regulations announced on January 27 last.

"To decrease the numbers, it indicates that a lot of tourists who are reluctant to come to the United States due to concerns related to the regulation."

Central Park, New York - Image credit L Priyanti

The same thing from Leigh Barnes, Director of Intrepid Travel, a travel agent company.

"Before the regulation was announced, we got as much as 120 percent of bookings are from Australia and 96 percent of bookings coming from the United Kingdom. On the day of the immigration rules were announced, each bookings fell by 21 percent and 30 percent."

Adverse impact on tourism in the United States, citing Skift, was in line with the weakening of currencies in some countries of the world, particularly Britain, which have accounted for the number of foreign tourist arrivals.

Shock has occurred, not just the American tourism to be shaken, but also the availability of jobs in the US.

Source: A Mustafa - CNN Indonesia, CNN, Cheapflights, Skift
Image: L Priyanti - NY


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