Tourism in the United States registers 11 pc decline
A Monitor Desk Report 27 May, 2017  |
New York: Tourism in the United States has dropped 11 percent since October last year, according to a new study released by Foursquare’s CEO Jeff Glueck.
The company used real-time data to track about 13 million of its users. Results showed that California was hit the hardest by the tourism decline.
Los Angeles and San Diego are the two cities impacted the most by the drop, according to the study.
Visitors spend about $10.4 billion at San Diego businesses every year. Tourism also accounts for about 13 percent of the jobs in San Diego County, according to San Diego Tourism Authority.
General Manager of the Wyndham Bayside in San Diego, Joe Eustice, says that travel represents about five percent of his business.
“Seventy-five percent of our travelers are those domestic travelers who are either coming on business or leisure travel. Another 20 percent is probably associated with city-wide conventions and conventions,” Eustice said.
The Foursquare study suggests that the election of President Donald Trump could be a possible factor as to why tourism in the U.S. is down.
The study points out residents of the Middle East and Central and South America are avoiding the U.S. more than residents of Asia and Europe.