US tourism to be hit amid trade tensions

Added On August 10, 2018

 Tourism expert has warned the U.S. tourism industry may be hit by ongoing U.S.-China trade tensions.

Economy Report has more.
Executive vice president at the U.S. Travel Association, Jonathan Grella, said international trade tensions pose a threat to the U.S. pursuit of a growing global travel market.
As tariffs threaten to damage the U.S. travel industry, Grella suggested that tourism could actually be key to helping the U.S. reach its goal of balanced trade.
He said that increasing Chinese visitation is a "golden opportunity" to reverse the trade balance, bolster competitiveness and create American jobs.
China is one of the fastest-growing inbound travel markets to the United States.
According to a report by the U.S. Travel Association, U.S. travel exports to China were valued at 33 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. And in the same year, Chinese residents took 3 million trips to the United States.
In addition, China is the country with the highest average spending in the United States.
On average, Chinese visitors spent 6,900 dollars per person in 2016, more than visitors from any other major inbound market.
Last month, the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco issued a travel warning to Chinese tourists, alerting them to use caution while traveling in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle and other popular tourist destinations in the U.S.