Broward County’s international airport, seaport and tourism sector drive local economy

Published on : Saturday, May 20, 2017

downloadBroward County’s international airport, seaport and tourism sector are among the leading drivers of the local economy, and in 2016, all enjoyed some intensity of growth.

 

This year, all three sectors see positive trends in spite of marketplace and geopolitical challenges. Port Everglades Association’s 9th Economic Engine Performance Report at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center draws hundreds of members of the local business community for updates on the sectors’ past performance and a forecast for the current year.

 

Following a strong 2016 for passenger traffic, the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood-International Airport is expecting 32 million passengers in 2017. Last year the airport welcomed 29.2 million passengers.

 

The airport is in the midst of a $2.3 billion expansion and modernization project, which is expected to be completed in 2020.

 

The Broward seaport ranks as the third-busiest cruise port in the world after Port Miami and Port Canaveral. It is also the leading container port in Florida regarding volume of containerized cargo. Greater Fort Lauderdale is also attracting younger visitors.

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