Disney Land. The Grand Canyon. The Golden Gate Bridge. Yosemite. The World Trade Center.
The United States has long been a bucket-list destination, but as executive announcement piles on executive announcement, international visitors are wary of choosing the tourism-behemoth for their next vacation.
After the announcement of the first two travel bans in January and March, the number of international travelers arriving in the U.S. has dramatically dropped, according to ForwardKeys, a European travel-prediction firm.
Looking at the number of U.S. inbound arrivals – or the number of international tourists arriving at airports around the country – the firm found that the number of visitors dropped 1.3 percent following the announcement of the first travel ban on January 27. On June 26, when the second ban was partially re-instated, inbound visitors dropped again by 2.4 percent.
Experts expected to see falling arrivals following the first executive announcement in January, when European interest in visiting the U.S. fell 12 percent but to see the number of arrivals impacted so quickly is startling.