US tourists from UK and other countries back on the increase

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Jersey tourism officials said visits by tour groups had risen again this year

The United States is again seeing its visitors from the UK and other countries reverse their outflows, as the effect of the travel ban fades.

As of 23 October, the number of overseas visitors to the United States was up 3.5% in October over the same period last year, according to data from the National Travel and Tourism Office.

That followed an 11.2% increase in visitors from January to October this year.

But there has been less growth since September, the data shows.

The data, which is based on visitors who were actively planning to travel to the US, also showed that the number of Americans travelling abroad increased by 1.2% in October over the same period in 2018.

The data shows a rise in activity for US airlines also, with a 1.7% rise in September over the same month in 2018.

But domestic visits remained under pressure in 2018, dropping by 3.5% in the first nine months of the year.

The best success story has been seen by New Jersey tourism officials who have seen visits by tour groups rise again this year for the first time since 2014.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Travel to the US peaked during President Barack Obama’s time in office

The publication of President Donald Trump’s administration’s final “travel ban” order late last year resulted in a drop in visitors, but that has now reversed.

As a result, the firm representing the state’s travel industry has warned of the threat of another downturn.

“It’s too early to see this level of growth being sustained, but for now the trend is positive,” said its president Kevin Quinn.

“But it is extremely important that our multi-billion dollar industry grows at a pace that is sustainable.”

Looking ahead to 2019, however, Mr Quinn said that more telling would be what the figures look like in January and February.

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