Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tourist Travel to San Francisco Down Big From Mexico (Thanks to Trump)

Joe D'Alessandro,  CEO of SF Travel, told a sold-out audience at their annual International Travel and Tourism Forum, that despite challenges such as Trump's travel ban, 62 percent of tourism spending is coming from international visitors in 2017.

However,  he noted that Trump's policies have had an effect on travel from Mexico.

Mexican tourist travel into San Francisco is down by
9.8 percent, he said.

The largest overseas market for San Francisco will continue to be China, with 507,890 visitors projected for this year. For 2018, China is projected to see a 6.7 percent increase in visitor volume, he said.

San Francisco Travel is forecasting a total of 25.6 million visitors to the city this year, up 1.7 percent over 25.184 million in 2016. Total spending by visitors is projected to reach $9.138 billion, a 1.8 percent increase over $8.976 billion last year.


(via Bay Area Reporter)


  1. Trump's "travel ban" (Executive Order 13780) restricts admission from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. How did that affect travel from Mexico?

  2. Odd, but Joe D'Alessandro calls this drop a small one for now.

    I guess another headline could have been Chinese will visit SF in even larger numbers in 2018 thanks to Trump.