With a new order on the travel ban coming this week, let’s reflect on what the initial ban did for U.S. tourism.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) estimated that the U.S. lost about $185m in business travel bookings the week after the travel ban was announced.
According to Kayak,
Brits are falling out of love with the USA in a major way. Searches for flights to key US destinations have fallen off a cliff when it comes to holidays in 2017. Searches for flights to Tampa are down 58%, Orlando is down 58%, Fort Lauderdale is down 57% and Miami is down 52% when compared to last year. To add to the woes, searches for San Diego are down 43%, Las Vegas is down 36% and Los Angeles is down 32%.
Travel Expert from Kayak, Susan Perry stated, “We noted that searches to the U.S. dropped after the new President came to office – but it seems like this is a longer-term trend,” Ms Perry said. So in general, the interest in traveling to the U.S. is declining.(Independent.com)
People either fear for the state of the U.S. travel industry, or they fear for their safety.
Flight app Hopper saw that demand fell from 122 international origins to the U.S. for flights. They looked at weeks immediately before and after Mr Trump’s inauguration. This past month they found that demand fell significantly after the travel ban was announced.
What does this mean for female travel?
Honestly, I don’t know.
It could possibly mean cheaper flights to the U.S in the near future. It could mean cheaper hotel prices domestically as well. However, the perception of American travelers might continue to get worse. There are many uncertainties in our community of travelers. The White House reported that Trump will release an updated executive order regarding the travel ban. We will just have to wait and see what happens next.