Remember when popular vote loser Donald Trump promised we’d be tired of all the “winning” we would experience as Americans with him as President? I’m already tired of it, Donny…if this is what you call “winning”.
Add the U.S. tourism industry to the list of industries “winning” so hard under Trump’s leadership that they’re getting crushed to the tune of 40,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in lost spending, according to an NBC report.
Since the moment Trump took office, travel to the U.S. has been declining, and new data from the Commerce Department shows the downward trend comes at a cost of $4.6 billion in lost spending and 40,000 jobs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Travel Association.
Thanks to this downturn, America is no longer the world’s second-most popular destination for foreign travel. Spain now has that position, which France remaining in first place.
International tourism to the U.S. began to wane after Trump took office, leading to a so-called “Trump slump.”
Experts say that Trump’s proposed travel bans, anti-immigration language, and heightened security measures have had a negative impact on the U.S.’s attraction for foreign visitors.
“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.
Of course it’s not a reach. It’s pretty much a fact. And who can really blame people for not wanting to visit a country lead by a man who stands for things that are anything but American.
Tired of the winning yet, America?