It would appear that the efforts of Disney, Universal, and Visit Orlando to boost Florida tourism are working. After taking heavy hits during spring break 2020 due to the pandemic that spread rapidly in the US and throughout the world, the recovery effort is in earnest in order to have a more successful spring break season this year.
The Orlando Internation Airport, which is vital to the recovery of the tourism industry in Central Florida, has reported that they are seeing a sharp spike in travelers for spring break. Could a financially successful spring break for 2021 allow Central Florida bounce back from a devastating 2020?
As you know, spring break is typically one of the busiest times of the year for Central Florida theme parks. Due to the events of 2020, not only was last year’s spring break unexpectedly a disaster, but the rest of the year was also a struggle for the tourism industry in the Orlando area as well.
We have previously discussed how imperative it is for air travel to return in order for the Orlando economy to begin thriving once again. That is because international and domestic travelers provide a substantial boost to the tourism economy — especially International travelers.
Now according to a report from Positively Osceola, we see that air travel, specifically to the Orlando International Airport is experiencing an uptick for spring break. They got in contact with Phil Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. He said:
“The combination of additional flights in our market, the expanded distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and the undeniable lure of Central Florida as a getaway destination portends for robust air travel as we approach this year’s Spring Break, It is a much-welcomed improvement over this time last year when we were at the depths of the pandemic.”
This is great news, but is it enough to help the industry bounce back in a meaningful way? Here’s why the answer could be yes.
As the pandemic caused the Central Florida theme parks to close for an extended period of time, some planned projects were shelved for the time being. One of the most notable of these projects was Universal Orlando’s new theme park, Epic Universe.
Prior to this year, Universal laid off most of the employees who were working on Epic Universe and put the project on hold indefinitely. Now as demand for travel is on an uptick and Universal is seeing a positive financial future in their theme parks the company has restarted construction on Epic Universe immediately.
We can take the quick restart of work on a brand-new theme park as a positive sign that a big financial rebound in the Orlando tourism industry is not only coming into the future of 2021 and beyond — but that it is already happening.
Air travel is a defining factor in the recovery of the tourism industry for Central Florida, and many Floridians, industry experts, and theme park officials are happy to see positive travel patterns emerging in 2021.
Will you be visiting Orlando this spring break? Let us know in the comments!