The U.S. saw a drop in international tourism during the first months of 2017, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
Visitors to the U.S. were lowered by 697,791 over the first three months of the year, says new data from the Department of Commerce.
The new data means a 4.2 percent drop from the previous year, causing an estimated $2.7 billion in losses, according to the Times. Comparatively, international tourism got a 6.4 percent increase during the beginning of 2013, after the reelection of President Barack Obama.
Tourism had been in decline during the global recession during Obama’s first term, the Times reported.
The decrease in international tourism coincided with a survey done by the Pew Research Center that found only 49 percent of participants from 37 countries held a positive view of the U.S., as compared to a positive view of 64 percent when Obama left office.
The results come along with criticism of President Trump’s crackdown on immigration, including a travel ban that would stop people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. Also, Trump has repeatedly promised to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.
The Times notes, however, that the results don’t prove that Trump’s positions have had a “ripple effect” on tourism.