A weaker Canadian dollar may be bad news for tourism in Maine but it's good news for American travelers wanting to head north to Canada.
Travel to the U.S. is more resilient than some other countries, but there are already warning signs that the current climate should be cause for concern.
This comes at a time when travel between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are highly valued by smart leaders in each nation. Canada wants to sell its beef, but it wants Mexican tourists with money nearly as much.
President Obama's goal of bringing 100 million foreign travelers to the U.S. in 2021 may have been too ambitious given global instability and an unexpectedly strong U.S. dollar. The first challenge is to bring back Canadian tourists.
If Canada's dollar continues to plunge, expected reduced Canadian tourism in the U.S. as a result.
Visa overstays are a hot topic for xenophobic politicians, but the data indicates that very few international travelers choose to remain in the U.S. illegally. It also so happens that the worst offenders are America's neighbors.
On the flip side, it's a good season for inbound Canadian travel from the U.S.
Fogo Island Inn shows how a hotel can establish itself as a community cultural center and economic incubator to reaffirm the value of place and immerse travelers deeply in the destination.
Maine's become such a draw for visitors outside of its traditional markets that a weak year from Canada won't hurt as much as it used to.
On the flip side: It's a good time for Americans to visit Canada this summer.