Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, confusing travel bans, and “extreme” vetting practices on the border have dampened Mexico’s interest in U.S. tourism–and by quite a substantial margin.
According to research firm Tourism Economics, experts have predicted 7% less visits to the U.S. from Mexico this year, equating to a $1.6 billion loss in direct economic spending by 2018.
Mexico accounted for around 18.4 million visits to the U.S. in 2015, making it the second-largest inbound tourism market for the nation.
This has been great news for Canada, which enacted a visa-free travel policy in December, resulting in an increase of 82% in Mexican visitors.
Ever since the policy was first announced in June 2016, Mexican tourism to Canada has been increasing 16%.