International travel demand to the U.S. has taken a hit since President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from certain countries, data analysts have reported.
The order, signed on January 27, denied entry to citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and suspended the admissions of refugees for 120 days.
It is now emerging that the ban is reducing flight demand and bookings from several countries, not just the countries affected by the ban.
Total net flight bookings to the U.S. between January 28 and February 4 are down 6.5 percent compared to the same period the year before, according to data from travel analysts ForwardKeys. Net bookings from the seven effected countries were down 80 percent.
ForwardKeys says their data suggests the travel ban is putting people off travelling to the U.S.
"The data forces a compelling conclusion that Donald Trump's travel ban immediately caused a significant drop in bookings to the USA and an immediate impact on future travel," said Olivier Jager, CEO of ForwardKeys, in a press release.
"As inbound travel is an export industry (it earns foreign currency), this is not good news for the U.S. economy. However, one must bear in mind that this is just an eight-day snapshot from when the ban was put in place and we will continue to monitor what happens as the political situation develops."