US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

FeaturedTravel

Written by:

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the travel industry worldwide, and it’s unclear when travel and tourism will get back to normal. The consequences of a travel slowdown this summer will be felt harder in some cities, especially America’s most popular summer destinations that rely on crowds of tourists to pump money into the local economy.

To determine which travel destinations would be most affected by a summer slowdown caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the LendingTree data team analyzed the airline traffic patterns during the summer months (designated as June, July and August for the purpose of this study) of the top 100 destinations with the most annual passengers. We then ranked which cities would be most affected by the pandemic based on the amount of travel a city received during the summer months as the pandemic continues to disrupt travel plans versus the non-summer months.

Image Credit: Delpixart / iStock.

Vacationing amid the coronavirus pandemic: What to know

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

The year 2020 has been unpredictable thus far, and that probably won’t change anytime soon. Summer travel plans that were booked months or years in advance are now in limbo, although more than half of Americans have already delayed their upcoming vacations due to coronavirus fears, according to a ValuePenguin survey.

Another indicator that Americans plan to vacation less this summer is the decreased interest in loans that may be used to cover vacation expenses. Interest in vacation and wedding loans dropped by 76% between Jan. 5 and May 10, 2020 according to LendingTree personal loan inquiry data.

However, some Americans are moving forward with travel plans this summer. People who are eager to get out of their homes but still want to practice safe social distancing practices may choose road trip destinations to avoid the close proximity to strangers that comes with flying. There’s even been a spike in summer RV rentals, according to RVshare, a peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace.

But the coronavirus pandemic will make it all but impossible to enjoy the social activities that were once synonymous with traveling ー attending live events, grabbing a pint at local pubs and dining out at cozy restaurants.

Most importantly, there are still reports of COVID-19 cases in every state, and the Centers for Disease Control recommends that tourists do the proper research necessary to ensure a safe journey, emphasizing that “travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.” As of June 1, the CDC still recommends against all nonessential travel.

Image Credit: molchanovdmitry/iStock.

As some states begin to reopen, others extend stay-at-home orders

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Since the coronavirus pandemic is affecting different regions of the country in different ways, it’s impossible to definitively advise that all Americans should either cancel or keep their summer vacation plans.

A few states, including Delaware and Illinois, have stay-at-home orders through the end of May. Virginia and the District of Columbia have the longest stay-at-home orders, which will be in effect until June 10 and June 8, respectively. Before booking or going through with your summer travel plans, be sure to check the CDC website for guidance, as well as any local Chamber of Commerce websites that will have guidance on municipal regulations.

Even if the area to which you are traveling has lifted stay-at-home regulations, that doesn’t necessarily make it safe for you to travel from your home state (or through other states).

If your finances have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, visit www.lendingtree.com/coronavirus for resources, tips and information about how to manage your money during this time.

Image Credit: Deagreez/iStock.

Methodology

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

In order to rank the cities most vulnerable to a summer slowdown in airline traffic, we first took a list of the 100 cities with the most annual passengers arriving to local airports. We then compared the average monthly passengers during summer months, which we designated as June, July and August, and compared it to the average monthly passengers in the other nine months. We ranked the states from highest to lowest based on the largest percent change from non-summer to summer. Data comes from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and is for 2019.

Image Credit: Jovanmandic/iStock.

21. Denver

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 3,079,932

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 2,566,674

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 20.0%

Image Credit: DepositPhotos.com.

20. Reno, Nevada

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 205,415

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 170,609

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 20.4%

Image Credit: Deposit Photos.

19. Sanford, Florida

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 145,413

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 120,709

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 20.5%

Image Credit: Sean Pavone/istockphoto.

18. Lihue, Hawaii

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 153,269

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 127,031

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 20.7%

Image Credit: GlowingEarth/istockphoto.

17. Cleveland

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 465,764

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 385,330

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 20.9%

Image Credit: DepositPhotos.com.

16. Cincinnati

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 415,134

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 342,967

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 21.0%

Image Credit: iStock/Scott Meyer.

15. Fayetteville, Arkansas

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 85,582

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 70,641

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 21.2%

Image Credit: Courtesy of wikimedia.org.

14. Portland, Oregon

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 904,357

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 743,390

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 21.7%

Image Credit: JPLDesigns / iStock.

13. Minneapolis

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 1,697,694

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 1,392,042

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 22.0%

Image Credit: StevenGaertner/istockphoto.

12. Savannah, Georgia

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 141,616

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 115,488

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 22.6%

Image Credit: f11photo.

11. Pensacola, Florida

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 107,678

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 87,449

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 23.1%

Image Credit: Andrew Zarivny/shutterstock.

10. San Francisco

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 1,992,309

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 1,609,355

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 23.8%

Image Credit: EarthScapeImageGraphy/istockphoto.

9. Knoxville, Tennessee

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 121,351

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 97,986

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 23.8%

Image Credit: DepositPhotos.com.

8. Kahului, Hawaii

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 353,169

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 283,685

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 24.5%

Image Credit: 7Michael/istockphoto.

7. Colorado Springs, Colorado

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 84,552

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 67,146

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 25.9%

Image Credit: Deposit Photos.

6. Norfolk, Virginia

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 200,765

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 158,231

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 26.9%

Image Credit: Deposit Photos.

5. Kona, Hawaii

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 180,748

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 141,775

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 27.5%

Image Credit: CampPhoto/istockphoto.

4. Seattle

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 2,226,370

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 1,741,057

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 27.9%

Image Credit: iStock/apichart.

3. Portland, Maine

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 117,367

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 81,008

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 44.9%

Image Credit: jiawangkun/shutterstock.

2. Anchorage, Alaska

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 333,614

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 183,071

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 82.2%

Image Credit: Chilkoot/iStock.

1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

Average airline passengers in summer months: 178,284

Average airline passengers in non-summer months: 89,436

Percentage difference in airline passengers (summer vs. non-summer months): 99.3%

This article originally appeared on LendingTree.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

Image Credit: DepositPhotos.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.