Hotel occupancy for the first five months of 2017 was “higher than it has ever been before,”
The tourism industry was afraid last year that Donald Trump, if elected, would result in what they dubbed a “Trump slump” related to travel.
They were wrong and their fears were more than just “premature” as the U.S. tourism industry is experiencing an uptick as international arrivals as well as travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared to the same period of time in 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, claims that there could even be a “Trump bump” wherein the tourism industry will benefit from the Presidency of Donald Trump.
Dow was among the president’s detractors just a few months ago, but he noted that “impending doom hasn’t manifested itself” and much like the #FakeNews about damn near everything else related to this presidency, Dow stated that:
“Right now we cannot identify a loss. It’s contrary to everything we’ve heard, but travel is in slightly better shape than it was a year ago. Everyone wants me to tell the story of the sky is falling, but for the travel industry, the sky is not falling.”
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