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Foreign Visitors to U.S. Down by 4 Percent in First Half of 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce National Travel and Tourism Office in Washington released data that the volume of international visitors to the U.S. went down by 4 percent in the first half of 2017 in comparison to the same period in 2016. There is a noticeable decline in arrivals from all continents of the world but a significant drop in arrivals from the Middle East region is palpable with a 30 percent drop. Tourists from Mexico dropped 16 percent, while visitors from Western European countries were down only by 1.8 percent. This is deeply concerning especially for the tourism industry in the U.S. as travel is the number 2 industry in the country supporting more than 15 million American workers. This decline may have been brought about by the recent negative press regarding the Trump Administration’s aggressive immigration policies and the strengthening dollar currency compared to other world currencies that make it more expensive to travel and spend in the U.S.

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