America may demand the right to peruse visitors’ mobile phones on arrival

THE effect that Donald Trump is having on American tourism seems pretty clear. Data from online travel agents, which analyse customers’ searches and are thus privy to the most timely information on travel trends, are unanimous in the bleakness of their assessments. Expedia, Cheapflights and Kayak are just some of the sites reporting that interest in travelling to the United States has fallen since Mr Trump’s inauguration and his attempted travel bans and drawbridge-up rhetoric. (The strong dollar hasn’t helped.) Economic forecasters are pessimistic, too. Oxford Economics, for example, reckons that as many as 6.7m fewer tourists will visit America this year; a fall of 8% compared to last year. 

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from Business and finance http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/04/not-so-smart?fsrc=rss

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