Published on : Monday, December 11, 2017
Despite the airports started running shortly after the hurricanes in autumn but it is taking longer for travellers to return.
It took six weeks for the visitor arrivals to return to the pre-hurricane levels.
It was found that Miami international arrivals fell 36.7% during the Hurricane Irma’s impact in September and it returned to pre-hurricane levels nine weeks after the event.
There was similar negative impact on their respective states, Texas and Florida but not that well pronounced.
The international arrivals during the hurricane impact period were down by 23.4% in Texas and 31.9% in Florida.
The 10-week period after the hurricanes at both Houston and Miami suffered a double-digit decline in international visitors. Houston was down by 11.6% and Miami 12.8% Texas, Dallas and Austin was profited when Houston limited its airport operations.
While international arrivals in Dallas jumped 13.3% and Austin 23.1% during the same period.
ForwardKeys chief executive Olivier Jager said that it was not expected the travel disruption caused by a very bad storm to a major first-world city, to last more than a few days. But the impact of these hurricanes on international visitor arrivals was for several weeks and it underlined the severity of the damage.