Foreign visitors to US fall sharply from 2016

The number of international visitors to the United States until June decreased sharply compared to last year, according to government data released on Wednesday.

And the number of business travelers has dropped much more than the drop in tourists, according to the monthly report from the National Office of Travel and Tourism Department of Commerce.

The total number of foreign visitors fell four per cent from the first six months of last year, with Mexican travelers dropping more than nine per cent and Britain by six per cent, but Canada's visits increased by almost five percent.
With the exception of Canada and Mexico, overseas visitors fell by almost six percent, but business trips dropped by almost nine percent, compared to a year earlier. 5.6 percent drop in tourists.

President Donald Trump, in his first year in power, repeatedly promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico and banned visitors from several Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Visits to the Middle East dropped by 30% in the first half and by 27% in Africa. There were also double-digit declines among visitors from South and Central America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

Of the 20 countries with the most visitors, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and India saw their travelers fall by more than 10%.

By contrast, arrivals from South Korea jumped 18%, Ireland by 4.7%, Italy by 4.2%, Spain by 3.5% and France 1.5%, according to monthly data.

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