Top Canadian Tourism School, Expect American Tourism to Tank, Because of Trump, Hurting Sector’s Employment

CTV news reports (source) with the headline: “U.S. tourism jobs at risk under ‘Trump slump.’ CTV reports that the U.S. tourism industry is poised to take a “big hit” in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election, with many travellers opting to visit other countries where they feel more “comfortable,” an industry expert says.

The American economy has reached a postindustrial level of development and its service sector constitutes 67.8% of GDP, of this, tourism, internally of America and foreign visitors play a key role. Tourism in the United States grew rapidly in the form of urban tourism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the 1850s, tourism in the United States was well established both as a cultural activity and as an industry. New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, all major US cities, attracted a large number of tourists by the 1890s. By 1915, city touring had marked significant shifts in the way Americans perceived, organized, and moved.

Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $10.9 billion during February 2013.[1]

The travel and tourism industry in the United States were among the first commercial casualties of the September 11, 2001 attacks, a series of terrorist attacks on the US. Terrorists used four commercial airliners as weapons of destruction, all of which were destroyed in the attacks.

In the US, tourism is either the first, second, or third largest employer in 29 states,[which?] employing 7.3 million in 2004, to take care of 1.19 billion trips tourists took in the US in 2005. As of 2007, there are 2,462 registered National Historic Landmarks (NHL) recognized by the United States government. As of 2016, Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States.

CTV news reports (source) with the headline: “U.S. tourism jobs at risk under ‘Trump slump.’

CTV reports that the U.S. tourism industry is poised to take a “big hit” in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election, with many travellers opting to visit other countries where they feel more “comfortable,” an industry expert says.

The expert is from the Ted Rogers School of Management, a business school of Ryerson University, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1948 as the Faculty of Business, it was renamed as the Ted Rogers School of Management in 2007 after receiving a major gift from Ted & Loretta Rogers. [1] The school moved to its current purpose built 210,000 square foot location, situated at 55 Dundas West in the business district in Downtown Toronto, in 2006. The business school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Ryerson’s Global MBA program is currently ranked 92nd in the world by the Economist MBA rankings, [4] and no. 10 in Canada for reputation by Canadian Business.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘I’m not sure if I want to go to the U.S. this year,'” Frederic Dimanche, director of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, told CTV’s Your Morning on Thursday.

“Tourism is all about comfort,” Dimanche said. “You have to be confident in the destination you are going to.”

Dimanche says the U.S. has a reputation problem among travellers, particularly after Trump issued a ban on visitors from seven majority Muslim countries.

And the problem is not isolated to those seven countries. The travel site KAYAK says Brits are “falling out of love with the USA in a big way,” with searches for U.S. destinations down dramatically. Interest in Florida cities dipped by up to 58 per cent, while searches for Las Vegas and Los Angeles were down by 36 and 32 per cent, respectively.

The travel site Hopper says global searches for U.S.-bound flights are down 22 per cent from Jan. 1-Feb. 22. The site also says interest from China is down 40 per cent, while interest from Russia is “well above normal,” with an increase of 66 per cent.

The U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office says visitors from abroad spent a record $247.1 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services last year.

A tourism slump in the U.S. could mean the loss of thousands of jobs in an industry that employed 7.6 million people in 2015. The industry generated $1.6 trillion in economic output in 2015, according to SelectUSA, a federal program dedicated to tourism.

“Some jobs are going to be lost, that’s for sure,” Dimanche said. He says business travellers are starting to look outside the U.S. when planning conventions, while leisure travellers are seeking countries where they can feel more comfortable.

Dimanche says the hotel industry will be affected the most, followed by the flight and food service industries. He adds that the “Trump slump” will likely end a positive stretch of years for the U.S. tourism industry, in which it enjoyed 3-4 per cent growth annually. “Now it’s going to be reaching a plateau for sure, and possibly a decrease,” he said.

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