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.
It’s been over a year since the first COVID-19 cases were reported in Florida.
The effects of the global health crisis have been sweeping across Florida, the nation, and the world. Now, we’re taking a look at just how COVID-19 has impacted the Florida tourism industry — and how those impacts might affect your Disney World trip.
The third quarter of 2020, July to September, may have seen the reopening of Walt Disney World’s theme parks after a multi-month closure due to the global health crisis, but tourism is still only returning to Florida slowly.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Visit Florida, the Sunshine State’s official tourism marketing corporation, recorded a 32% drop in visitors for Q3 from 2019 to 2020.
We’re following along again this week with the discussions by Florida’s Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.
Orange County is one of two counties in which Walt Disney World Resort resides (the other being Osceola County). So these conversations reveal many of the considerations that businesses are keeping in mind with the goal of a safe re-opening of the Florida economy. [Read more…]
While Governor Ron DeSantis has been meeting regularly with his committee to reopen parts of Florida and jumpstart the state’s economy, he hasn’t said when they’ll be putting their plans into action.
But now that Florida’s stay at home order will be expiring April 3oth, many residents are wondering what might happen next.
Meetings of the Re-Open Florida Task Force are now underway. Formed in response to the need for a strategy to safely re-open the Florida economy in light of the current global health situation (which has, of course, resulted in the temporary closure of Disney Parks around the globe including Florida’s Walt Disney World), the task force is including the state’s tourism industry within its areas of focus.
The Task Force Executive Committee includes Josh D’Amaro, President of Walt Disney World, and John Sprouls, CEO of Universal Orlando Resort among its 22 members of business, education, tourism, and state leaders. [Read more…]