Tourism, Travel down by $4 billion in US since Trump took over

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TEHRAN - Tourism to the United States dropped 4 percent during President Donald Trump 's time in the White House, according to a report.

Travel spending has dropped by 3.3 percent, or $4.6 billion, and 40,000 jobs have been lost, according to the NBC News, which cited the latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office.

The US is also no longer the world's second most popular destination for foreign travel.

Experts say Trump's series of travel bans and some of his rhetoric could have had an impact on travel to the US , the network added.

Last year, for example, Tourism Economics President Adam Sacks told The New York Times that it's "not a reach to say the rhetoric and policies of this administration are affecting sentiment around the world, creating antipathy toward the US and affecting travel behavior.”

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that the US Travel Association is planning to start a "Visit US " initiative.

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