Tariff fears push US tourism numbers below pre-Trump peak

More tourists are returning to the United States since President Trump announced tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, recent data from online travel agency Expedia shows. Fears over a possible tariff war with China…

Tariff fears push US tourism numbers below pre-Trump peak

More tourists are returning to the United States since President Trump announced tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, recent data from online travel agency Expedia shows.

Fears over a possible tariff war with China this week caused a drop in bookings for June through December and prompted a 2 percent drop in reservations for last-minute hotel bookings.

But those fears have since subside, with Expedia showing bookings rebounding and the South and West posting growth.

“Despite the general feeling of nervousness among travelers, this data reflects a continued rebound from recent scares,” said Expedia Vice President Andy Bailey in a statement.

The drop in bookings follows a several months of increases.

As of May 14, reservation requests from travelers in April were up 8 percent, according to Expedia. In March, the gain was up by 8 percent, in February by 10 percent and in January by 8 percent.

Passengers in the United States will face increased costs, with tariffs on steel and aluminum set to go into effect Saturday and mandatory inspections for luggage in July.

The U.S. recently threatened to reduce or cancel entry visas for those visiting from China after the country hit the United States with tariffs on $50 billion worth of goods. The United States set retaliation tariffs of $50 billion on a slew of goods that could also include corn, soybeans, aircraft and autos.

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