Since the 2008/9 global recession, tourist visits to the United States have been growing steadily year-on-year, but the rise came to a halt during 2016 with nearly two million fewer international visits.
International arrivals from Canada, Mexico and overseas to the US fell for the first time since 2009, down 2.4% to 75.6 million. Visits from UK tourists were down 7% for the whole year 2015, against the whole of 2016, while the biggest rise in visits was was from China and South Korea.
It’s unclear what impact politics or the election had on international visitation last year, although the national destination marketing organisation Brand USA found that most top visitor markets other than China are less inclined to visit the US because of the current political climate.
Foreign visitor spend however hit a record high.