Ocean State’s tourism industry eager to welcome back out of staters after taking hard hit

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – The Ocean State’s tourism industry is gearing up to welcome back out of staters.

In April, Rhode Island saw its biggest drop in tourism yet, caused by the coronavirus.

Revenue was down more than 80 percent compared to this time last year.

Evan Smith, CEO of Discover Newport said, “There are 25 million visitors that come to the state of Rhode Island. that generates 6.8 billion dollars in revenue and it creates $81 million in taxes, so with that industry being crushed, basically stopped, that’s going to effect every Rhode Islander in some way or another.”

Tourists no longer have to quarantine for 2 weeks when they come to visit.

Discover Newport predicts a slow increase in revenue as out of staters come back.

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