In America, local tourism drops

Thursday, August 3, 2023


It’s not a top secret anymore that the pandemic impacted the tourism industry in an immense negative manner. The impacts were sensed worldwide. Though, the cities in America are constantly seeing a continuous drop in terms of domestic tourism as more and more locals at this moment are opting to travel internationally rather than explore in the States.

Local tourism is declining in Central Florida, as per WESH News 2. A recent report from the station disclosed that the collections in terms of Tourist Development Tax have been going down for months now. It is projected in Orlando that tax collections will carry on declining all through the summer, with hotel and motel tax collections slumping by $13 million in the last two months.

For American summers, cross-country road trip used to be the main draw. At present, greater number of travelers are going abroad to indulge in adventure instead of exploring local tourism.

At the time of the pandemic, tourism encountered a major hit worldwide. The domestic travel in 2020 dropped by 50.7 percent, as per the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Even though the numbers in 2021 have risen to $362 billion, the industry has yet to recuperate from the pandemic loss.

Despite the increase, Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond told WESH News 2 that tourism has dropped this summer.

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