It’s official: Donald Trump is bad for US tourism, especially from Latin America.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), international arrivals in the United States fell by 16% from Mexico and 14% from Central and South America between January and July, 2017.
Overall, the total number of visitors dropped by almost 4% when compared to the same period last year, according to the Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office, while international tourism, as a comparison, rose 4%.
Many Mexican have instead been favoring Canada, which saw a 53% increase in Mexican tourism, mainly thanks to their previous visa requirements being lifted.
Tourism is the second largest export industry in the US and support 15 million jobs, so for every 4% decrease in visitors, 344,000 jobs are lost, the WTTC says.