Nevada ranks third highest in study of how Covid-19 affects state tourism industries

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(The Center Square) – Nevada came in third 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 66.92 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 second, and in the “State Aggressiveness Against Coronavirus” rank, the state earned the rank of 41st.

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.

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