Florida relies heavily on the tourism industry, and the pandemic greatly affected travel to the state. However, as more people become vaccinated and travel increases again, the tourism industry is slowly returning to normal.
According to Spectrum News, at the Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Visit Orlando President and CEO Cassandra Matej presented on domestic and international travel numbers. Domestic travel is expected to rebound this year in Orlando, surpassing the pre-pandemic numbers from 2019. Hotel occupancy is increasing, too.
However, international travel hasn’t made the same recovery. Travel restrictions remain in place for many countries, so international travel is still largely on hold. Matej explains that “It’s going to be just a little bit longer road because there are so many obstacles, and obviously from the guidance make sure when its right to open border safely and welcome the world back to Orlando.” In fact, international travel may not rebound until the end of 2023.
Tourism in the state creates over 400,000 jobs, so it has a massive impact on the economy. With new policies constantly emerging, this situation is constantly evolving. We’ll keep you posted with the latest, so stay tuned to DFB.