TAMPA, Fla. – There’s a brilliant spot to finish 2020 after a hospitality report discovered this 12 months’s busiest travel destination was Tampa/St. Petersburg.
Tampa Bay’s tourism suffered massive blows due to the pandemic, however the space’s bouncing again.
Folks booked extra lodges in Tampa and St. Pete this 12 months than every other high vacation spot within the nation. A report of the 12 months’s developments from hospitality agency STR discovered a median of 51% of lodges occupied within the space from January to November.
Tampa tourism specialists anticipate these numbers to carry in December.
Lodges are only one a part of gauging the heart beat of tourism. In the course of the pandemic, native leaders pushed out Tampa and St. Pete as protected out of doors locations to go to.
Go to Tampa Bay president and CEO Santiago Corrada mentioned he believes that helped out together with Florida’s fast reopening.
“It positions us effectively as a result of for Forbes to speak about Tampa/St. Pete being the primary journey vacation spot in 2020 even with what’s gone on, I feel it’s a feather in our cap and one thing we have to capitalize and proceed to develop,” mentioned Corrada.
Whereas tourism leaders are comfortable to be high of the checklist, the numbers are nowhere close to the place they as soon as had been earlier than the pandemic.
“We’re nonetheless removed from the place we all know we’re primary as a result of we’re nonetheless off by 20 p.c in occupancy and possibly about 40 p.c in income,” mentioned Corrada. “We wish to beat the place we had been earlier than. We’re not fearful about anyone else.”
Tourism leaders mentioned they hope the upcoming Tremendous Bowl, conventions and reveals will hold pushing restoration in the correct route.
Corrada mentioned he thinks the vaccine rollout will assist give individuals much more confidence to journey in 2021.
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