Trump is costing the U.S. tourism industry billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. pic.twitter.com/k1QhGZRBVX— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 24, 2018
Since Trump has taken office, tourism to the United States has gone down significantly. And while this might not sound alarming to some, it should, because this dip — or as Newsweek called it, "Trump slump" — equals more than 40,000 jobs lost and roughly $4.6 billion in spending.
Tourism to U.S. under Trump is down, costing $4,600,000,000 and over 40,000 jobs. So don’t tell me how “great” of a job he’s doing, when in reality he’s the biggest miserable pathetic failure of a president in the history of this country. #TrumpResign https://t.co/uxQQKfG9yo— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 24, 2018
It's not news that Trump's election was concerning for many people, especially for other world leaders, but is the negative image Trump has painted of American values actually enough to keep tourists from coming to visit?
Apparently so. And frankly, it's not a mystery why.
With Trump's numerous attempts at implementing a travel ban, his extreme anti-immigration rhetoric, his hysterical tweeting, and most recently, his referring to African countries as "shitholes," Trump has not done much to improve the U.S.'s image in the eyes of other countries.
Trump is so harmful to our image abroad that he can't visit London and he's decimating our tourism sector at home. https://t.co/lPEdhTeIIh— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) January 24, 2018
Experts also say that heightened security measures and a weaker U.S. dollar have also contributed to the "Trump slump."
"It's not a reach to say that rhetoric and policies of this administration are affecting sentiment around the world, creating antipathy toward the U.S. and affecting travel behavior," Adam Sacks, who works as the president of Tourism Economics, explained to The New York Times last September.
The "Trump Effect" has also impacted how the rest of the world sees America's ranking with other countries, and the U.S. has been bumped from No. 7 to No. 8 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Countries list, which was released last Tuesday.
Why the drop you may ask? The report claims it's due to Trump's severe unpopularity and the country's political instability, lack of progression, and trustworthiness.
Trump's racism and xenophobia causing tourism to America to plummet, costing billions and jobs. MAGA! https://t.co/QDP3bTvDEF— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) January 23, 2018
With hopes of jumpstarting tourism, the U.S. Travel Association is planning to launch a "Visit U.S." campaign to help encourage international travelers to come to America.
Tourism to the U.S. is down $4.6 billion since Trump took office. We need to start marketing Trump like a carnival freak show. "Come one, come all! See the tangerine man with a semi-functional brain make decisions for an entire country!"— Matt Fernandez (@FattMernandez) January 24, 2018
It's difficult to envision the success of such a program when Trump continuously attacks and demeans other countries and their people.
But who knows? Maybe losing billions of dollars in tourism, forcing political instability, and creating aggressive division between his country's citizens was what Trump had in mind when he said he'd "make America great again."
Sounds like every vacationer's dream.
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