Canadians across the country have vowed to end all non-essential travel to the U.S. in response to the recent tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.
Such boycott is likely to have a devastating impact on tourism trade in cities such as Buffalo, NY. As many as 40 per cent of Buffalo's tourists are day trippers who come from the Niagara region near the U.S.-Canada border. Many of them often head to Buffalo for the shopping opportunities, as there are several outlet malls available and an overall lower sales tax in the area.
According to a Nanos poll, 43 per cent of frequent Canadian visitors said they would likely stop shopping at U.S. retailers because of the trade war, while 25 per cent said they were somewhat likely to do so.
Patrick Kaler, the CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, is concerned by the sentiment.
"I think it's very concerning. We've already heard from a couple of people from Canada who said: 'We're not coming to the U.S. We're not coming to Buffalo'."
Pollsters also admitted to resorting to a U.S. boycott out of fear that Canada will lose the trade war to President Trump.
"When asked if they were concerned about Trump’s claim that the trade dispute will cost Canadians a lot of money, over seven in ten Canadians say that they are concerned or somewhat concerned about Trump’s claim. Just over one in four say they are somewhat not concerned or not concerned about it."
Would you end your shopping trips to Buffalo over the trade war?
Source: The Buffalo News