We’ve heard plenty about Americans threatening to move north, but how is Donald Trump’s surprise election affecting Canadians who head south?
Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets says the main impact she’s seen so far is related to ongoing anti-Trump protests in America’s major urban centres.
“Like any place where there’s political unrest, people get nervous. And everyone has their own idea of what they can tolerate,” she said. “For some people, going into a major city right now in the U.S. is something they want to pass on, and they’ll go somewhere else.”
But she says she’s not seeing an overall decline in U.S. interest, and one group in particular, Snowbirds who winter in the U.S., appear to be holding steady.
“The talk is among the people that are there, that it’s pretty much the norm. Business as usual,” she says.
In fact, she says she’s only had one client cancel a trip entirely for political reasons.
“We did have someone who made a cruise reservation out of Boston, who chose not to go on that. And she told the agent she was booking with she would cancel if Trump won, and she did. She called in the next day and cancelled,” she says.
Newell adds anyone considering cancelling a trip like that should be aware they’ll likely lose any money they’ve already put down.
As for those heading further south, to Mexico, Newell says Donald Trump may have just earned them a discount.
“If you have plans to go to Mexico, change some currency now. The peso has obviously dropped against our currency and the U.S. dollar, you’re money’s definitely going to go farther right now.”