Published on : Thursday, November 23, 2017
On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott and Visit Florida explained that 27.9 million visitors poured into to the state from July 1st till Sept. 30th, in spite of the Sept. 10th’s category 4 Hurricane Irma. The natural disaster closed all the keys of Florida for majority part of September. It caused major flooding in few areas and closed Central Florida amusement parks for a long period of time.
The third-quarter tourism numbers showed a 3.3 percent rise in comparison to the same time last year which was a tough time as well. At the third quarter of last year, the state handled with the consequences of the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus along with the hurricane hitting North Florida.
While declaring the latest numbers Monday, Visit Florida stated that the state had around 2.4 percent growth in traffic at some of the important airports during the third quarter in comparison to the 2016. Besides, hotel room sales increased by 4.7 percent in the quarter that comprised an estimated 6.5 million Floridians evacuating homes due to Irma, compared to previous year.
On Sept. 10th, Hurricane Irma crashed into the Florida Keys before its second landfall in Collier County and then traveling up the state. The Lower Keys were the worst sufferers, damaging the Monroe County but Marathon also sustained heavy losses.
Scott pushed to revive the Keys to visitors by Oct. 1. However, few tourism businesses in the Keys are all set to return to business.
For instance, the storm damaged Islamorada Resort Co. is gradually overwhelming the return of its four properties, noting Monday that it’s Amara Cay Resort will be the first to welcome visitors starting Dec. 15.
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