‘Trump Effect’ tourism reignited by US entry visa returns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scottish travellers to the US are still nervous New US tourist figures show numbers are heading in the right direction. Figures from the US Embassy in London show…

'Trump Effect' tourism reignited by US entry visa returns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scottish travellers to the US are still nervous

New US tourist figures show numbers are heading in the right direction.

Figures from the US Embassy in London show 467,212 visas were issued in 2018, the same as in 2017.

It showed that new applications made in the last half of 2018 were up 15% on the same period in 2017.

Economists say this means the US tourist market may be starting to recover, more than a year after Donald Trump was elected president.

The US ambassador also announced that the number of visitors coming to the US from Ireland had reached a 15-year high.

Figures showed 34,454 people from Ireland visited in 2018 – up by 4% compared with the previous year.

Image copyright AFP Image caption German travellers are also returning to the US

Fears were raised that it would take a while for US tourism to recover after Mr Trump’s election.

People in the UK, Ireland and other countries were urged to be cautious before travelling to the US, after there were significant numbers of false passports found during visa checks last year.

There was also the issue of the travel ban, which prohibited a number of countries from receiving travel visas.

More than 1.7 million visitors from the UK made trips to the US last year, a rise of 3% on 2017.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of students visiting rose by 8.5% last year, reaching 127,816 in the EU.

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