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Trump's Travel Ban Appears to Have Caused Drop in Flight Bookings to U.S.

President Donald Trump wanted to ban travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, but it looks like his executive order to that effect dissuaded international travelers from a whole bunch of other places from visiting the United States as well.

From January 27, when the president signed the 90-day ban on nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria, to February 4, when a federal judge halted the order, international flight reservations to the U.S. dropped by 6.5% compared to the same eight-day period last year, according to travel-data trackers ForwardKeys.

The company calls that a significant decrease and "not good news for the U.S. economy"—though it's too soon to say whether there has been any lasting effect or whether the lifting of the ban, which has been upheld by a federal appeals court, will cause a reversal.

During the eight days the ban was in effect, flight bookings from the Middle East were down 38%, while bookings from Western Europe and Asia were both down 14%. Bookings from Central and Eastern Europe actually went up during the period, by 16% and 2%, respectively.