Although the drop in interest in visiting America was a universal phenomenon across most of the countries, interestingly, searches for flights from Russia to America on the other hand grew by 88 per cent. What's noteworthy is that Russia and it's President Vladimir Putin have been accused of rigging November's US election by conniving with Trump's team.
Hopper also concluded that the overall 17 per cent decline was much higher than the 1.8 per cent drop that had occurred between the same two periods a year ago. The company's data scientists told the Los Angeles Times that it was "hard to see any other short-term significant events that could be related," other than Trump's assuming office and his impending travel ban.
Another study conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which exclusively focused on business travel, further backs these findings. The study by GBTA showed that business travel into the United States had declined by 3.4 per cent over the course of one week post the executive order. The study also goes on to say that a net $185 million was lost in business travel bookings. Although a fall of 3.4 per cent might sound small, but imagine that a drop of just 1 per cent over a period of 1 year could cost at least 71,000 American jobs and close to $5 billion in the country's GDP.
While the ban is currently on hold, Donald Trump is contemplating an appeal in the Supreme Court. It is hard to disassociate the ban from the falling number of visitors to the country as other factors also seem to point out. I mean, the dollar has strengthened against other currencies such as Euro since Trump took oath, which means that it has become more expensive to visit the United States.
Furthermore, Donald Trump is so unpopular all over the world that people were as it is thinking twice before visiting America even before the executive order was announced. Adam Sacks, who's the president of Tourism Economics, a consultancy firm, told Forbes that the furore will probably "severely damage the US travel sector this year".
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