N.Y. blames Trump for fewer for­eign tourists

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For the first time in seven years, New York City of­fi­cials ex­pect the num­ber of for­eign vis­i­tors to de­crease, a drop they at­tribute to the pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies and rhetoric of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump — say­ing that those moves are scar­ing off many of the vis­i­tors who have helped fuel the city’s ro­bust growth since the last re­ces­sion.

On Tues­day, the city’s tourism mar­ket­ing agency, NYC & Co., an­nounced that its fore­cast for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors has turned from pos­i­tive to neg­a­tive since Trump was elected in Novem­ber. The city now ex­pects to draw 300,000 fewer for­eign­ers this year than in 2016, when 12.7 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors came, a de­cline that will cost busi­nesses in the city that cater to tourists at least $600 mil­lion in sales, the agency es­ti­mates.

Fred Dixon, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of NYC & Co., said Trump’s state­ments and ac­tions had changed per­cep­tions about the hos­pi­tal­ity of the United States just as prospec­tive tourists are making va­ca­tion plans for 2017.

“The Euro­peans start com­ing to New York around Easter and con­tinue through sum­mer,” Dixon said.

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