Trump slump? International arrivals data may be wrong

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Trump slump? International arrivals data may be wrong
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2018, file photo, visitors to the Statue of Liberty stand in line to board a ferry that will cruise the bay around the statue and Ellis Island in New York. The U.S. Department of Commerce says government statistics showing a decrease in international arrivals may be wrong. The department is suspending publication of the data until it can be revised. Critics have been complaining of a "Trump slump" in international tourism, and arrivals data compiled by the government had validated those concerns until now. The Commerce Department says some international arrivals may have been miscategorized as U.S. residents, leading to an undercount. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

That “Trump slump” we’ve been hearing about in travel may not be as bad it seems.

The U.S. Department of Commerce says government statistics showing a decrease in international arrivals may be wrong. The department is suspending publication of the data pending revision.

The most recent government statistics, published in March, showed a nearly 4 percent drop in international arrivals to the United States during the first eight months of 2017, compared with the same period in 2016.

Travel experts applauded the government’s intention to re-analyze the data. But many remain concerned about a Trump slump.

Tourism Economics President Adam Sacks says his data shows international arrivals to the U.S. increased 2 percent in 2017, but the United States is still “underperforming” compared with international travel globally, which increased 7 percent.