by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor | February 09, 2018
The latest government statistics on international arrivals to the United States show a continued slide through last summer. Nonresident international visitors to the U.S. decreased by more than 1 percent in August 2017 compared with August 2016, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel and Tourism Office.
Visitors from Mexico were down by over 2 percent in August 2017 compared with August 2016. Canadians provided a bright spot: up by nearly 4 percent, while visitors from other countries were down by nearly 4 percent. Nonresident international arrivals totaled nearly 49 million from January through August 2017, an overall decrease of nearly 4 percent compared with the first eight months of 2016.
The U.S. travel industry has complained that the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies and antiforeigner rhetoric are dampening tourism.