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Potential effects of coronavirus on Yellowstone summer tourism

Yellowstone National Park could face drastic effects due to loss of tourism this summer. With the spread of coronavirus in China, Chinese citizens, who make up a large portion of tourism to the park, are advised against traveling.

In 2015, Yellowstone National Park estimated 500,000 Chinese travelers in the park and predicted an increase of 100,000 by 2016. They addressed this increase by hiring three Mandarin speaking rangers

“‘I imagine the largest impacts will be on businesses that cater more to the Chinese market such as hotels that have placed more resources into advertising to the Asia-Pacific market and tour companies that operate out of the U.S.,’ said Jake Jorgenson, an RRC Associates research analyst who co-authored a study of Yellowstone visitation published last year.” Read more.

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