Worldwide travel to the United States is down. Julie Jacobson AP

Joanna Estrada
May 25, 2017

Foursquare also found that residents of the Middle East and Central/South America are visiting the US less frequently than those from Asia and Europe, which may have something to do with Trump's travel ban, border wall, and other policy issues like electronics bans on flights.

America's share of global tourism has dropped 16% in March, compared to the same month in 2016, according to Foursquare data released Wednesday.

The decline began in March just before Trump's win in the election. Foursquare says there is no sign of imminent recovery.

"International travelers may have determined that the America within their sights was less appealing or welcoming", Glueck said.

One analysis projected a loss of $18 billion to the US tourism industry over the next two years.

The company examined data from its location-based smartphone app, tracking how often people from overseas went into sites typically visited by people on leisure vacations and business trips. Well, Foursquare considers business and Leisure travel and to do this, it focused on when people made stops at popular venues and locations. Business travelers were found in convention centers and offices. Data released in February by travel search engine Kayak revealed steep declines in flight searches to popular USA destinations, and research from flight search app Hopper showed similar drops.

California, in particular Los Angeles and San Diego, saw the biggest decrease in worldwide visitors.

"With all that's going on in the world, unilaterally disarming the marketing of the a travel destination would be to surrender market share at the worst possible time", said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow in a statement.

In particular, travelers from the Middle East and Central and South America are avoided trips to the U.S.

Data from travel analysis company ForwardKeys found that in the four weeks after Trump's January travel ban, which impacted several Muslim-majority countries, travel bookings from the Middle East were down 27 percent.

"Proponents of President Trump's new policies might argue that the President meant to reduce visitors from certain countries, and that the economic cost is outweighed by claimed security needs", Glueck writes.

Foursquare a location intelligence company best known for its app that tracks user visits to restaurants, bars, hotels, and other sites, as well as the company's work in analytics, advertising and developer solutions.

Travel search site Kayak told Reuters that searches originating in Europe for flights to the US were down 12 percent since the presidential election. Mexico was expected to have the largest volume growth of travelers to the US between 2015 and 2021.

Its numbers also indicate that visits to the rest to the rest of world are up, making the anomaly.

The report notes that the drop in travel can not be attributed to Trump's policies alone.

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