Texas ranks 30th highest in study of how Covid-19 affects state tourism industries

Texas came in 30th highest in a new study by the WalletHub website that shows which states’ tourism industries have suffered the most during the coronavirus pandemic, based on two key dimensions.

The state earned a total score of 42.97 in the study by the personal finances website, with the maximum score set at 100. In the “State Dependency on Travel & Tourism” category, the state received a rank of 31st, and in the “State Aggressiveness Against Coronavirus” rank, the state earned the rank of 27th.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia were ranked in the WalletHub analysis.

As many as 5.9 million American jobs may be lost through the end of April as the result of virus-related shut-down orders, according to an analysis from the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. But stimulus money provided to employees and businesses by the federal government may help to blunt that impact, WalletHub reported.

Within the two main tourism dimensions examined by the website, researchers made their rankings using 10 different metrics, including the share of travel-related employment within the state and how much tourism contributes to the state’s gross domestic product.

States Whose Tourism Industries Are Affected Most by Covid-19

Overall Rank State Total Score “State Dependency on Travel & Tourism Industry” Rank “State Aggressiveness Against Coronavirus” Rank
1 Hawaii 81.38 1 2
2 Montana 67.75 3 10
3 Nevada 66.92 2 41
4 Vermont 64.60 5 5
5 Massachusetts 61.38 11 4
6 Florida 60.77 4 29
7 New Hampshire 59.64 6 18
8 District of Columbia 59.50 7 15
9 New York 59.33 8 14
10 California 56.88 10 23
11 Maine 56.70 15 8
12 Rhode Island 56.56 16 3
13 Connecticut 55.25 12 21
14 Alaska 55.16 17 1
15 Wyoming 54.45 9 45
16 New Mexico 53.49 14 12
17 Maryland 52.85 21 6
18 Colorado 52.52 13 36
19 Arizona 49.25 18 24
20 Idaho 48.38 19 29
21 Washington 47.89 22 17
22 Tennessee 47.66 20 33
23 Delaware 46.95 34 7
24 Illinois 45.89 23 28
25 Oregon 45.45 24 31
26 South Carolina 44.70 25 34
27 Louisiana 44.68 27 22
28 Georgia 43.78 28 35
29 Virginia 43.04 29 38
30 Texas 42.97 31 27
31 New Jersey 42.56 33 16
32 Utah 41.48 32 43
33 West Virginia 40.91 38 13
34 Missouri 40.74 35 37
35 North Carolina 39.95 36 39
36 Kansas 39.33 39 19
37 Kentucky 38.73 48 11
38 Ohio 38.07 51 9
39 Michigan 37.65 41 40
40 Pennsylvania 37.32 42 24
41 Minnesota 36.85 44 20
42 North Dakota 35.86 30 47
43 South Dakota 35.74 26 51
44 Mississippi 34.32 46 42
45 Indiana 34.00 49 26
46 Wisconsin 33.59 50 32
47 Alabama 33.35 47 43
48 Nebraska 31.30 37 50
49 Oklahoma 30.89 43 46
50 Iowa 30.42 40 48
51 Arkansas 26.83 45 49

Source: WalletHub.com

This article was first published by The Center Square.



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