Trump slump confirmed by ForwardKeys

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: International airline passenger arrivals in the United States have fallen consistently since President Donald Trump’s original travel ban on people from several mainly Muslim countries, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions daily.

The period of decline also coincides with a strengthening US dollar making the US a more expensive destination to visit.

Trump supporters would say that the strengthening of the dollars bears more weight on the travel performance than Trump’s notorious travel ban, but he is blamed for most of the problems that blight the world’s largest economy, so why not a decline in tourist arrivals?

Since January 27, this year, when the first controversial travel ban was introduced, there has been an overall decline of 1.4% in bookings to the US compared to the same period last year, according to ForwardKeys.

Olivier Jager, CEO, ForwardKeys.

The timeline reveals a correlation between the imposition of the first travel ban and the start of a decline in travel to the USA, according to ForwardKeys.

Meanwhile, international arrivals in the rest of the world show an overall increase of 4.6%, climbing consistently over the same period.

The decline in travel to the United States is a worldwide trend monitored in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Only travel from elsewhere in the Americas, and Africa (which has a small 2.1% market share of travel to the USA) showed any growth.

Europe – with a 39.4% market share – slumped by 2.3% over the year to the end of September. Asia Pacific – with a 23% market share – was down 3.8%.

ForwardKeys co-founder and CEO, Olivier Jager said: “Our latest detailed findings confirm what our data has been predicting since the first travel ban. There has been a Trump Slump and the strong dollar has compounded it.”

“This must be worrying for the US economy – travel is a huge earner for the United States and relative to the rest of the world, its tourism exports are losing ground.”

“Whilst disappointed for the USA by the latest travel data, we are relieved that the quality of our analysis last April, which was heavily questioned at the time, has been vindicated.”