Trump promised to be the best President ever for jobs, but he might be hurting jobs more than he’s helping. One industry that’s getting hit hardest because of Trump is U.S. Tourism.
According to data from the National Travel and Tourism Office, there’s been a 3.3% drop in travel spending and a 4% drop in inbound travel.
That might not seem like a lot, but the decline is costing the industry $4.6 billion and 40,00 jobs.
The decline is so steep that America dropped from the second-most popular destination for foreign travel to third, and that is after just one year of Trump.
Tourism has been declining ever since Trump took office, and the effect even has a name: The “Trump-slump.”
Potential tourists are off-put by our President because of his anti-immigration and Islamaphobic rhetoric.
“It’s not a reach to say the rhetoric and policies of this administration are affecting sentiment around the world, creating antipathy toward the U.S. and affecting travel behavior,” Adam Sacks, the president of Tourism Economics, told The New York Times.
To try and stop the steady decline in tourism, The U.S. Travel Association plans to launch a “Visit U.S.” lobbying campaign.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage Washington to embrace the economic importance and impact of foreign tourists, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Unless someone in the campaign can somehow convince Trump to stop tweeting, talking, or being President, it’s unlikely things will change.
It’s not as if Trump will listen to the need for more Norwegians to come visiting and suddenly want to change his behavior.
On second thought, he does love Norwegians.