The ‘Trump Effect’ for UK Tourists
Are you deterred from visiting the USA, following the shock election of Donald Trump? According to TravelMole, it’s predicted that UK travellers may very well reconsider a trip to the country, via a Travelzoo poll taken before the election.
It found that 31% of Brits would have second thoughts and 20% were certain in their decision not to go, in the event of a Trump victory. Though it’s too early to gauge the long term effect, Andrew Shelton, the managing director of Cheapflights.co.uk, says there’s already been a decline in preference for the USA as a travel destination.
Another poll, conducted by TravelMole for UK travel trade professionals, asked, “Do you think a Trump presidential victory would be bad for the travel industry?” 58% of respondents agreed that it could have a negative impact.
Further afield, a paper published by Euormonitor concedes that Trump’s threat to ban Muslims and build a wall to separate the US and Mexico, could result in loss of jobs, money and tourism.
The Independent also reports that Trump’s presidency could have a major impact on the industry, as a result of proposed “trade-war” policies that may see airlines, hotels and attractions scale back and increase prices.
On a more positive note, the subsequent fall in the US dollar means cheaper travel for Brits, not only to the country itself, but to Dubai, Thailand and Latin America. As aircraft leases and fuel is priced in US dollars, this is also beneficial to European airlines based in the UK.
So, what does this mean for the USA’s top holiday hot spots? Traditionally, Brits are keen to discover Florida’s sunny beaches and Orlando’s theme parks, New York’s famous landmarks, Los Angeles for glitz and glamour, the party atmosphere of Las Vegas and the quirky vibe of San Francisco.
It remains to be seen if these destinations will still reign supreme, or if UK travellers let their itchy feet wander over to Canada, instead.