International arrivals to the U.S. declined in September 2017 compared with September 2016, continuing a downward trend in inbound tourism.
The U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday that 6.1 million international visitors traveled to the U.S. last September, down 5 percent from the same month in 2016.
It’s the fifth month in a row with fewer arrivals compared to the same month a year earlier.
The preliminary arrivals data from the Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office also shows an overall 3.8 percent decline January to September 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
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Some travel experts blame the downturn on the Trump administration’s anti-foreigner rhetoric and policies.
Visits from Canada bucked the trend, up more than 4 percent in September and for the year.