Walt Disney shut, Hurricane Irma affects Florida tourism industry

Published on : Monday, September 11, 2017

disneyA thriving state tourism industry worth $100 billion annually got disrupted due to the Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction up Florida’s Gulf Coast. On Monday Disney cancelled its sailing and was assessing the future sailings which stop throughout the Caribbean and in the Bahamas.



There will be temporary closures in some of the state’s biggest attractions and amusement parks like the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, Legoland and Sea World which will remain close till Monday.



As per the PortMiami website many moved ships out of the area and revised schedules, around 20 cruise lines have Miami as a home port or a port of call.






Several Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean were cancelled and sailings were revised due to storm. Credits and waivers were offered to passengers unable to travel.



The situation in Florida was still unclear about the assessment of how widespread the effects will be. Roger Frizzell mentioned that in the hours to come they will be able to know that the hurricane is active in Florida.



On the southwestern Marco Island Irma made a second Florida landfall, a category 3 storm that brought winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph) along with life threatening sea surge.



Florida being one of the world’s top tourism destinations had 113 million people visiting the state, which was a new record. It had spent 4109 billion earlier this year and in the first half of 2017 was on track to beat the record pace.



The damage caused to Irma’s winds and storm surge to the Florida’s 660 miles of beaches and structures will be critical to how the industry will recover. The Gulf beaches west of St.Petersburg  and Clearwater are in the storm’s path.



The Piniellas County was visited by more than 6.3 million people in 2016, encompassing the cities and generate more than $ 9.7 billion economic activity.


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