BIRMINGHAM, AL — Among the industries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic across the country is the tourism business, which has been hit hard while Americans are asked to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. However, a recent study shows Alabama as one of the states whose tourism industry has only been mildly affected.
The personal finance website WalletHub conducted a study of the states most affected by the coronavirus in regard to tourism, and Alabama ranked 5th among those least affected.
To identify the states where tourism is most affected by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of businesses in travel and tourism-related industries to travel spending per travel employee and presence of stay-at-home orders.
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COVID-19 Impact on Tourism in Alabama (1=Most Affected, 25=Avg.):
50th – Share of Travel & Tourism Industry Generated GDP
28th – Share of Businesses in Travel & Tourism-Related Industries
36th – Share of Employment in Travel & Tourism-Related Industries
15th – Default Probability on Loans of Businesses in Travel & Tourism Industry
49th – Travel & Tourism Consumer Spending per Capita
29th – Travel Spending Per Travel Employee
47th – Share of Consumer Expenditures on Travel
Gov. Kay Ivey ordered all nonessential business closed March 28, which included Alabama's entertainment venues, museums and beaches.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 2,700 cases of the cironavirus had been confirmed by the Alabama Department of Public Health. The ADPH has also reported more than 100 deaths.