new york tourism down

It might seem a little quieter than usual in the big apple, and right across New York State as a whole. Today we learned just how bad the tourism drop in New York has been since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Since March of this year, tourism spending in the state of New York is down 72%. That’s about a $38 billion difference from the same period in 2019, a stunning amount of money that can only really be explained by what’s happening across the country. As Coronavirus cases continue to rise in many parts of the USA, the tourism industry is simply finding itself in a terribly challenging situation.

Another major contributing factor are New York State’s restrictions on domestic travelers entering the state. Citizens of nearly 40 states or territories in the USA are required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York, which has certainly deterred many tourists from visiting.

Robert Provost, president and CEO of the New York State Tourism Industry Association, says that he’s pushing for more New Yorkers to begin traveling within the state in 2021. Provost is in talks with the State Assembly and State Senate to try and declare the entire week of January 25, 2021, as “Explore New York Week.”

 “It will help put people back to work,” he said. We’ll keep you posted on this story as it evolves.