Trump Slump Arrives: Inbound Tourism Drops
A new travel trends index paints a pessimistic view of the U.S. travel economy in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election and his various immigration bans.
The index, known as the TTI, showed that inbound international travel volume declined during the first quarter of this year, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
Issued Tuesday, the new index updates information from earlier this year showed international inbound travel numbers growing.
Several airlines capped fares out of Florida this week, a move that comes amid social media complaints about “fare gouging.”
As those complaints mounted – unfounded, airlines and analysts say – many carriers made adjustments to their pricing for the few Florida flights that still had seats ahead of Hurricane Irma.
JetBlue capped fares at $99 one-way for non-stop flights to or from Florida. JetBlue’s connecting flights were capped at $159 one-way for travel through Sept. 13. JetBlue’s special fares also applied several of its Caribbean destinations.
Everyone has their own reasons for traveling. Some of us are venturing out on vacation, the two-week jaunt to Europe before the chill of winter sweeps through. Others are traveling on business and don’t have much of a choice in the matter. Others still found a cheap flight and are just going along for the ride. No matter your intentions, though, it’s been proven that travel helps us become better people. Looking at additional research carried out in the past few years, travel may actually make us smarter, too.
We started with regular reports several times per month from tourism hubs Beijing, Singapore and Capetown. Gateway Beijing and Gateway Singapore, for example, signify that the reporters are writing from those cities although their coverage of the business of travel will meander to other locales in their regions. Read about the series here, and check out all the stories in the series here.
The nine-figure outbound travel stats for China are sizzling, along with the multi-billion dollar numbers associated with Chinese travelers spending worldwide. Click through any number of Skift stories and read how domestic and international air routes are expanding, hotels are being constructed and opening. China is still one of the best travel industry stories going.Add to Flipboard Magazine.