COVID-19 Crushing Nevada When It Comes To Tourism

But A New Study Says Two Other States Have It Worse

Mitch Kelly
April 17, 2020 - 5:57 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV  (KXNT) - The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on many of America’s “non-essential” industries. That includes tourism, as countless attractions have closed down, from commercial hotspots like Disney World to natural wonders like Grand Canyon National Park and, of course, the Las Vegas Strip.

Even if tourist spots were open, though, they wouldn’t see much business, as Americans are either encouraged or mandated to practice social distancing and stay at home.

A new study from the financial website WalletHub took a look at which states' tourism industries have been most hurt by the pandemic and it's no shock to see Nevada near the top of the list.

Some would say it's more surprising that Nevada's not at the very top, what with more than 300,000 filing for unemployment since casinos and non-essential businesses were closed back in mid-March, but WalletHub says two other states have it worse.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key metrics ranging from share of businesses in travel and tourism-related industries to travel spending per travel employee and presence of stay-at-home orders and after all the numbers were crunched it was determined that Hawaii's tourism industry has been hardest hit. 

Obviously the decline in air travel is killing the Aloha State, as is the recent directive that vistors and residents returning to the islands self-quarantine for 14 days

Number two is a bit of a head-scratcher. It would be easy to think New York, California or Florida. But Montana?

Yes, Montana.

The Grizzly Bear State comes in ahead of Nevada. 

At the bottom of the list are states hardly considered tourist hotspots: Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

For a look at the full study, click here.