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Mexico-to-US Tourism Drops Since Trump Took Office

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April 15, 2017
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Some experts expect Mexican tourism to the U.S. to drop by 7 percent this year, cutting $1.6 billion out of the economy. (Newsy)

Mexican tourism to the U.S. has declined since President Donald Trump took office, Tourism Economics reports, adding that lost visits this year will total 1.8 million, a 7 percent drop from 2016.

The decline in Mexico-to-U.S. tourism is expected to have a direct economic loss of US$1.1 billion for the U.S. economy, the global research firm adds. It gets worse.

Tourism Economics also predicts that Mexican tourism to the U.S. will continue to slump in 2018, estimating 2.6 million lost visits for that year. Next year’s anticipated slump is expected to result in an economic loss of US$1.6 billion.

Tourism experts attribute the decline in Mexico-to-U.S. travel to Trump’s immigration policies.

“They don’t feel welcome,” Edgar Solis, the president of the Metropolitan Assn. of Travel Agencies in Mexico City, told the Los Angeles Times. “In Mexico there’s a dislike of the administration and that’s created a reduction of passengers to the U.S.”

Solis claims, however, the tourism slump is beneficial to Mexico, given that travelers are now flocking to domestic hot spots like Puerto Vallarta, Baja and Chiapas.

Read the rest at teleSUR

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Related: US Banks Could Lose $159B Because of Mass Deportations: Mexico (teleSUR)


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