US travel companies are working with innovations like AI, the sharing economy and blockchain, but many regions have experienced a fall in international visitors since President Donald Trump was elected.
Headlines about travel bans and border walls and the tightening of visas for refugee didn’t portray the United States as an inviting place for visitors, adding to political uncertainty.
International arrivals to the US fell almost 4% during the first six months of 2017, including a 9.4% reduction in visits from Mexico. The largest regional drops were from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, respectively. The UK is the largest overseas visitor market for the US and arrivals fell 6.2% year-on-year from January through June, dragging down relatively flat results from Western European countries.
Chinese arrivals, the country’s third-largest overseas market, fell 10.6% for June alone, although increased last year while arrivals from other countries were dropping off.