by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – International bookings to some regions of the world from the United States plunged after Pres. Trump imposed his original travel ban, according to a new review.
ForwardKeys, a company that analyzes travel patterns, said Monday bookings for international travel departing from the U.S. plunged 27% to the Middle East—down 40% to Saudi Arabia alone—and 24% to South Asia for the period of Jan. 7, 2017, to Feb. 24, 2017, compared to the year prior.
Total international travel overall rose 4.4%, the analysis found.
In addition, future departures from the U.S. to the Middle East and South Asia “are set to suffer a significant drop in visitors,” ForwardKeys reported, with departures the next three months down a sharp 25.4%, compared to 2016. If the prediction were to hold true, total international departures will have seen a 9% drop.
Bookings to U.S. Also Hurt
Travel to the United States has also suffered after the president’s initial executive order.
The survey found a 4% drop in total international net bookings after word that a new travel ban would be issued. Federal district courts and an appellate court suspended the initial order.
Bookings from the seven countries included in the initial order saw the largest decline at 21%, followed by the Middle East and Africa at 9.9%, and then Western Europe at 9%.