With the opening to foreign tourism, Miami expects a substantial boost for its economic recovery.
After 20 months, the United States reopened its borders to tourism from 33 countries.
After a long pandemic period, the United States once again welcomes tourists from 33 countries, including the vast majority from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, and India.
For a city like Miami, which in recent months has begun a process of diversification of its industries but where tourism continues to be a key component, a new phase of post-COVID 19 economic recoveries is opening today.
Those vaccinated can return to enjoy the city of the sun, arriving without the problem at Miami International Airport.
“I have determined that it is in the interest of the United States to move from the previously applied policy of restrictions based on a country-by-country study, to adopt an air travel policy that focuses on vaccination to determine if it is safe for that person to enter to the country, “said President Joe Biden in a statement, raising the hopes of the thousands who make a living from tourism throughout the country.
In 2019, the last year was considered normal in economic terms. According to data from the Visitors Bureau, before the pandemic, Miami received 7 million international tourists that representing 30 percent of the total visitors who came to the city. And Conventions. Although they are a minority compared to domestic tourists, international visitors stay longer in the city, and logically, they spend more money. So receiving them again makes a difference.
The perception tends to be that mainly tourists from Latin America come to Miami, which is valid only up to a point. Among the 20 home countries whose citizens visit Miami most frequently, six were on the travel restriction list today: Brazil, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, and Germany.
So far, Miami International Airport has recovered 90 percent of its pre-pandemic activity. But with the new rules, the situation is expected to be even better than before COVID 19 changed everything. Between October and December of this year, between the flights made and those booked, the expectation is that air traffic in Miami will increase by 10 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Lufthansa airline today held a ceremony at the Miami airport to celebrate the return of the Munich-Miami route.
Miami hotels have seen a good recovery thanks to domestic tourism. Even in June of this year, hotel occupancy was 25 percent higher than the same month in 2019. But with the appearance of the Delta variant during the summer, domestic tourism fell. As a result, July and August were not good months for the Miami hotel industry. With the arrival of international travelers, the industry is expected to rebound.
The other primary tourism industry in Miami is cruise ships. With a battle of its own in the state (the confrontation over the request for proof of vaccination has pitted large companies against Governor Ron DeSantis ), restrictions are gradually being released, and this industry is gaining followers again. Miami is the world’s cruise capital, a recovery in this industry can be vital for the city.