President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the USA has had an adverse affect on international travel bookings, according to ForwardKeys

USA. Travel to the USA has suffered a -6.5% “Trump slump” in the wake of the President’s controversial entrance ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Travel intelligence analyst ForwardKeys assessed international trends in bookings to the US between 28 January and 4 February (the travel ban was imposed on 27 January), comparing the data to the year-before period. The analysis excludes China and Hong Kong because of the seasonal effect due to the timing of Chinese New Year, ForwardKeys said.

Net bookings from the seven affected countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – were unsurprisingly down -80% on the same eight-day period last year.

ForwardKeys said the overall results suggested “the turmoil over [Trump’s] ruling is putting people off travelling to the US from many regions of the world, beyond the Middle East”.

Bookings from Northern Europe, Western Europe and Southern Europe were down -6.6%, -13.6% and -2.9% respectively. Travel from the Middle East was down -37.5% and from Asia Pacific -14%. “If one analyses total outbound bookings from each […]