Tourism might be a trillion-dollar industry in the United States but that doesn’t mean all Americans welcome tourists with open arms.
For example, while excited visitors flock to New York City, the Big Apple doesn’t return their enthusiasm. Only Arlington, Texas, hates tourists more than New Yorkers, according to a study from Stratos Jets, a private air charter company.
Stratos analyzed positive and negative tourist tweets from across the country to reach its findings. Its researcher examined 37,171 geotagged tweets from June 1, 2014 to July, 20 2015 that contained the terms “tourist” and “tourists.” Stratos said it looked at 26 different cities with at least 100 related tweets.
Other popular destinations, including Las Vegas, Boston and New Orleans, are among the tourist haters. The states with the highest rates of tweets telling tourists to go home are Rhode Island, Delaware and Nevada. States with the least welcoming tweets @tourists are Delaware (again), Wyoming and Connecticut. The most welcoming are Illinois, Montana and New Hampshire.
That suggests visitors might find themselves most at home in Chicago, Illinois, since the study found both that city and the state are the most friendly to tourists in the United States.