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Inbound Travel to the USA is down while Global International Travel grew

usa visaOlivier Jager, CEO, ForwardKeys, said, "In the 15-month period between that first announcement and now (up to 20th April 2018), inbound travel to the USA was 1.4% down while global international travel grew 5.0%, on the equivalent period a year earlier. "

"Looking ahead for the coming three months (1st May – 31st July), flight bookings to the USA are 2.9% ahead of the equivalent period the year before. However, flight bookings globally over the same period are 5.9% ahead, so one has to conclude that since announcing the first travel ban, the USA has underperformed in the context of robust global travel demand.” Olivier Continued: “ForwardKeys is not claiming that the United States’ inbound travel difficulties are caused by Donald Trump’s policies – not least because exchange rates have been challenging. For example, in the period January 2017 – March 2018, the value of the £ pound and the € euro appreciated 13% and 16%, respectively, against the $ dollar, making the US a significantly more expensive destination.”