Tourism visits to the US from Mexico, Middle East slumped in 2017: report
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The number of international visitors to the U.S. from Mexico and the Middle East declined substantially in 2017 from the previous year, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Travel & Tourism Office. 

Mexican visits declined by 6.1 percent, or 1.2 million from 2016. The number of Middle Eastern visitors declined by 12 percent, according to USA Today

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Mexico is one of the biggest sources of international visitors to the U.S., second only to Canada.

The figures came as the number of international visitors overall rose slightly from 2016 to 2017, with major increases in countries such as South Korea (17.8 percent), Brazil (10.8 percent) and Ireland (9.2 percent).

The White House implemented a controversial travel ban on several Muslim majority countries in 2017, including some from the Middle East. The Trump administration has also taken strong stances against both legal and illegal immigration from Mexico.

It is unclear if and to what extent these policies impacted the number of international visitors.