Strong demand for travel to the US compared with last year as the partial shutdown of the federal government continues
Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean are among the most popular destinations for tourists coming to the US, according to a new report.
Despite the partial shutdown of the federal government affecting most of America’s agencies until 5 August, which has left thousands of federal workers unpaid, US tourism is still strong, with US destinations such as Florida, Las Vegas and California showing the highest demand, in turn boosting tourism to destinations further afield.
Between January and June the number of American visitors to Mexico has risen 12.3% to 5.3 million, making it the most popular destination for American travellers. However, travel to Caribbean destinations has declined, which means the drop in visitors to Mexico may not have been as bad as it first seemed.
The number of tourists flying in has dropped across Central America as a result of the Mexico City airport being partially closed, leaving American passengers forced to travel to Mexico City or Mazatlan in the west of the country instead of Puerto Vallarta in the north-west. However, those in Central America who are stranded have not been able to take advantage of reduced airfares that have emerged from the row, and the number of passengers transported to the US from Latin America fell 0.5% from January to June compared with the same period last year.
Those finding international airports to their liking have been noticing that the number of tourists flowing into the US has shot up since Donald Trump’s inauguration. “The number of domestic, international and international leisure tourists coming to Las Vegas is up approximately 25% versus last year,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, president of MGM Resorts International, in June.