Experts have warned that the aftershocks of yesterday’s surprise election results in the US could have repercussions for the Scottish tourism market.
Potential fluctuating currency rates and fears over economic turmoil in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory could deter US visitors from travelling across the Atlantic, hitting one of Scotland’s most lucrative tourism markets. The US is the biggest global tourism market for Scotland, with 409,000 visits in 2015, worth £391 million to the Scottish economy.
John Lennon, professor of tourism at Glasgow Caledonian University, said Americans could be put off travelling – for both political and economic reasons.
He said: “They remain a nervous travel market already and if Trump does half of the things he says he is going to do, they may feel Americans are less popular than previously. The main problem, however, is the price equation – currency falls in the US could affect people’s travel plans.”
Andrew Shelton, managing director of travel deals website Cheapflights.co.uk said: “What the ‘Trump Effect’ could mean for American tourists – faced with potential currency uncertainty and increased border controls at home – remains to be seen.”
Tourism minister Fiona Hyslop insisted that the vote would not have an effect on incoming tourism from the US.