President Donald Trump's ban on travel from seven countries appeared
to deter overall travel to the U.S., according to flight reservation
transactions analyzed by travel data company ForwardKeys.
After Jan. 27, when the president ordered a 90-day travel
ban on nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Syria, ForwardKeys
discovered a 6.5% drop in international travel to the U.S. compared with the
equivalent eight-day period the year before. The ban was halted by a federal
judge on Feb. 4., and the Trump administration has appealed the ruling.
"The data forces a compelling conclusion that Donald
Trump's travel ban immediately caused a significant drop in bookings to the USA
and an immediate impact on future travel," stated Olivier Jager, CEO of
ForwardKeys. "This is not good news for the U.S. economy. However, one
must bear in mind that this is just an eight-day snapshot from when the ban was
put in place and we will continue to monitor what happens as the political
Specifically, bookings from Northern Europe were down 7%,
Western Europe down 14%, Southern Europe down 3%, the Middle East down 38% and
Asia Pacific down 14%.
Not all travel to the U.S. was down, however. Bookings from
Central and Eastern Europe and from the Americas to the U.S. were up 15.8% and
After Judge James Robart placed a temporary block on Trump's
travel ban, bookings to the U.S. from Iran surged on Feb. 3 and 4, five times
higher than same two days last year, according to ForwardKeys, which noted that
Iran was the only country to have such a surge following the suspension of the
"Whilst travel bookings on any given day can be
significantly up or down compared to the same day a year before, variability
over a few consecutive days is typically much less," ForwardKeys said. "The
eight-day period coinciding with the travel ban is the first time since before
the presidential election in early November that there has been a consistently
long run of negative variations compared with the equivalent period the year
For reference, inbound bookings to the U.S. for the entire
past year were down 0.4%.