In the Business section of the morning paper there is a story about MGM CEO Jim Murren saying there is anecdotal evidence that President Trump’s immigration policies are hurtng tourism, specifically his court-blocked plan to more closely vet visitors from six majority Muslim nations.
Murren is quoted as saying, “I am concerned with those words. I think they confuse people,” though he covered his company’s assets by saying he has not seen any effect on Las Vegas or MGM.
But look up and to the left there is a brief about actual April foreign visitor volume. Though the tale doesn’t appear to have made the cut for the online newspaper, that uncredited AP piece reports:
More international visitors came to the U.S. than expected in April 2017, according to a new report released Tuesday in Washington.
The U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Trends Index shows that international travel to the U.S. grew by about 4 percent in April, compared with data for April 2016.
The strong showing contradicted fears that tourism from abroad would slow in reaction to President Donald Trump’s proposed travel bans, which have been blocked by court challenges.
The Trump administration’s first ban on travel from a handful of mostly Muslim countries was issued Jan. 27. The Travel Association said any fallout from the travel bans would have begun to show up in April travel data.