Room rates at Trump-branded hotel properties have mostly declined since Donald J Trump became president of the United States in November 2016, the Telegraph reported November 20, 2017.
A comparison of published room rates at all 13 Trump properties found that travellers could book a room for less money for January 2018 than they could have for January 2017 in all but one hotel.
Properties with the most precipitous year-on-year rate declines included the Trump Las Vegas (down 63 per cent), the Trump Turnberry in Scotland (down 57 per cent), the Trump Doral in Miami (down 53 per cent), and the Trump Washington, DC (which opened in September 2016 but hasn’t received much new-hotel “bounce,” with rates off 52 per cent).
The sole exception was the Trump Doonbeg, where average room rates rose seven per cent. The Irish property also had the lowest starting rates among the Trump properties.
“One year after Trump’s inauguration, prices for a weekend in one of his hotels have for the most part decreased,” said Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX, which conducted the study. “While big events, like the inauguration in Washington, will usually cause prices to rise in that city for a particular weekend, the decreases in other places suggest that it doesn’t necessarily pay to be president.”
“It seems likely that many potential guests have been put off by the association with the controversial policies, tweets and opinions of the current US president,” added the Telegraph’s travel consumer editor, Nick Trend.