A festival in New Orleans. Concerts in Nashville, Tennessee. A comic book convention in Atlanta. As the delta variant surges across the country, states with low COVID vaccination rates are reeling from a loss in tourism dollars due to large-event cancellations and postponements.
Of the 11 states with vaccination rates under 50%, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia have cancelled staple events, costing an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars for local and state economies, according to officials.
On Aug. 9, organizers of New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival announced that the annual festival would be canceled for the second consecutive year, citing “the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region.”
The Louisiana Department of Health seconded this concern in a recent interview with ABC…