Why Texas tourist attractions could be a hit with tourists
Seattle, Washington, D.C. — There is an entire tourism industry dedicated to attracting tourists to the state of Texas, but it’s been hit with a new challenge by the threat of a Zika virus.
A new study by the Texas Tourism Board says that tourism in the state could see a $50 million impact by 2021.
The study is based on the data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Texas tourism officials have said the threat is not over, but the threat to the tourism industry is.
The report says, “A strong Zika virus pandemic could result in a loss of about one-third of the nation’s estimated $10 billion in tourism revenue in the next few years.”
The study says Texas would need to lose $10.9 billion in tourist spending if it could only stay within the boundaries of the state.
The Texas Tourism Association says the state would need a $2 billion annual revenue loss.
But tourism officials say the number of visitors to Texas is growing, especially in the summer months.
That’s partly because people have come to see the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see the Blue Ridge Mountains, a popular place for hiking.
The study also shows that Texas is on track to overtake Louisiana as the top tourism destination in the country.
The Tourism Board has said the state has an economy that can sustain the growth in visitors.