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Visit Florida: Major Decline in Travel for Second Quarter of 2020

Visit Florida: Major Decline in Travel for Second Quarter of 2020

Recent research from Visit Florida indicates that out of state and international visitors decreased substantially during the second quarter of 2020. Read on for details.

New research from Visit Florida shows just how grim the second quarter was for the state.

Overall, Florida saw around 12.8 million visitors Between April and June 2020. This number is a 60.5% decrease over Q2 2019, where Florida welcomed over 35 million visitors.

These findings are in line with the bleak financial quarters experienced by both Universal Orlando Resort and the Walt Disney Company’s Parks, Resorts and Products division.

Overseas, international visitors totaled under a quarter of a million at 235,000. This represents a substantial decrease (-91.1%) over Q2 2019. In the second quarter of 2019, Florida saw over 2.6 million visitors from overseas.

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Throughout most of the second quarter, international travel to the United States was restricted, so these numbers are not surprising.

Visitation from Canada to the Sunshine State fell 99.1% to a paltry 8,000 visitors in Q2 2020, compared to around 1 million in Q2 2019.

Passenger Plane Decreases

Passenger plane boardings at the 19 Florida airports fell by 87.7% in the second quarter.

From Visit Florida

Orlando International Airport had the greatest number of enplanements of all Florida Airports at 699,824. This number represents an 89.3% decrease for MCO.

The preliminary air/non-air split for “domestic, non-resident” visitors to Florida during this period was 8.7% to 91.3%. Only 8.7% of visitors from other US states to Florida flew in by airplane.

from Visit Florida

Hotel Occupancy

According to the Visit Florida research, hotel occupancy in Florida fell sharply in April before making a modest recovery in May and June.

Overall, the number of hotel rooms sold in Florida was down 63.8% in the second quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period last year.

Overall Outlook

Both Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World obviously saw drastically fewer visitors during this period. Disney World was closed for the entirety of the three months and Universal Orlando was open for a mere 2 weeks of the second quarter.

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Universal’s Sapphire Falls resort

Florida as a whole saw a dramatic decline in visitors, particularly those from overseas and Canada, but also from those travelling domestically.

Did you visit Florida during this period? Will you soon? Let us know in the comments on Facebook and in our Facebook group.

-Rebecca W Davis

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Tuesday 18th of August 2020

We visited Florida in early July and we were able to mask up when inside and social distance while outside. The beach is great for that! We did plan a last minute trip to Disney in October to take advantage of the historically low crowds. We will obey all rules and know that this Disney trip will be like no other. I feel that if we go into the trip knowing things will be different and focusing on the positives instead of the negatives, we will still have a great time.


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

No I didnt visit and wont anytime soon. I love Disney but Im not gonna pay the money and risk my life in a Pandemic...not to mention it wouldnt be much of a vacation with masks and all the modifications. Hopefully it will be back to normal one day. I just hope Disney and Universal survive till then!

Christine Edwards

Monday 17th of August 2020

As for the study.....Ummmm, DUH!

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