Monday, 06 March 2017 17:09

The rise and fall in demand for travel to the U.S. - courtesy Trump’s infamous travel ban

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NEW YORK, U.S. - Amongst the many wide spread effects that Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning the entry of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries had - one of the prominent ones was the fall in demand for travel to the U.S.

According to latest figures released by airfare prediction app Hopper, based on flight searches to America after the January 27 travel ban came into effect - a 17 percent drop in demand for flights was recorded. 

Hopper reportedly analysed 303 million flight searches executed from January 26 to February 1. 

It found that demand from 122 countries for flights to the United States dropped 17 percent after the ban - compared with figures recorded for the same parameters in the first three weeks in January.

Many travel and research firms have also confirmed that a month later, when the ban was temporarily lifted, demand bounced back, but still remains down compared to previous figures. 

According to Hopper’s chief data scientist Patrick Surry, demand was still down by more than 10 percent as of February 22, compared with the same period.

Swedish travel search engine Flygresor.se conducted an analysis of 2.5 million flight searches on its website and app soon after the announcement of the temporary ban. 

The firm found that searches for the U.S. had declined by 47 percent, compared with the same period the year before. 

The company reportedly noted that as of February 26, flight searches were still down by 21 percent.

Further, online travel site Cheapflights.com said that it witnessed the same trend, with international searches for flights to the United States dropping after the ban. 

Emily Fisher, a spokeswoman for the company reportedly stated that searches were down 38 percent from January 27 to 29 compared with the previous weekend, and down 15 percent from February 16 to 21, compared with the average volume in January.

Fisher said, “This drop in searches was most notable in the days right after the ban was enacted but at least for now, there are signs of a turnaround.”

Another firm, a travel research company in Valencia, Spain, ForwardKeys reportedly noted the same decline following the ban. 

Between January 28 and February 4, the company analysed 16 million flight reservations per day and found that international bookings to the United States dropped 6.5 percent compared with the same period last year.

A Brighton, England based tour operator recorded a 22 percent drop in inquiries about trips to the United States. 

Justin Francis, chief executive, Justin Francis of the firm said, “Prior to the ban, the U.S. was one of our best-selling destinations, but our customers are now choosing to travel to other countries.”

Tour operator Intrepid Travel meanwhile recorded a 21 percent decrease in sales for trips to the United States by travelers in Australia, and a 30 percent decrease by those in Britain.

The drop in short-term demand has led travel analysts globally to fear that the ban could damage the country’s lucrative tourism industry in coming years.

Further, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce put forward statistics that show that tourism-related output in the United States was $1.56 trillion in 2015.

It showed that tourism created 7.6 million jobs in the United States the same year.

Explaining the phenomena, Adam Sacks, president of Tourism Economics, part of Oxford Economics, a research firm, “Trump’s executive order is part of a broader policy platform with “America first” rhetoric that is creating international antipathy toward the United States and is already affecting traveler behavior.”

Source : http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/252205071/the-rise-and-fall-in-demand-for-travel-to-the-us---courtesy-trumps-infamous-travel-ban

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