PHOTO: Donald Trump in Phoenix back in June 2016. (Photo courtesy Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
The British are not coming. We repeat, the British are not coming.
That’s the good word via a report from The Independent, which covers the initial reaction of Donald Trump becoming the U.S. President-elect on Tuesday from London’s World Travel Market.
As the report states, the Trump Hotels booth at the event was empty while an epic election took place across an ocean in the United States. As Simon Calder who writes the report assumes, “It was rumored that the staff were still at a celebratory party for the president elect.”
While a festive Trump Hotel crew isn’t news, thoughts from a travel expert on British travel reaction certainly is.
Calder received word from Joel Brandon-Bravo, who is the UK managing director for Travelzoo.
Brandon-Bravo had thoughts on what a Trump victory meant for British travel stateside: “Following confirmation of a win for Donald Trump in the presidential election today, we’re now forecasting an unstable 2017 for US tourism, with over one million UK travelers set to reconsider the country as a holiday destination.”
There are some solid numbers to back up that presumption. The Independent notes that Travelzoo held a pre-election survey and asked respondents how they felt about traveling to America on holiday.
One in five actually stated they would “definitely” not travel to the country if it ended up electing Trump. It’s that fact that Travelzoo used to extrapolate and get the estimated one million-traveler decrease in tourism. Of course, there are myriad other reasons that would preclude Britons from flying into any number of fine US destinations.
Brandon-Bravo continued: “Other factors, such as the falling value of the pound and outbreaks of the Zika virus appear to have had little change on our desire to travel to the US, but today’s results look set to have an impact.”
As TravelPulse reported early Wednesday, the dollar remained strong despite the shocking election results, so don’t rely on tremendous value to woo the British into peppering the nation with their tourism money.
While Americans will have to sift through Tuesday’s results and make sense of it all it’s clear that they will do so without a great deal of British visitors who are staying clear of a nation they see as mired in political tumult.