Miami’s Travel Market Nearly Fully Recovered Despite Rules Banning Some International Tourists

Miami hotels saw revenue in March and April that was close to their pre-pandemic numbers, even though the lucrative international market is mostly closed off.

During April, hotels in Miami saw as much as 98 percent of their business recovered compared to the same period in April 2019, statistics from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau show.

At the airport, traffic during April was in the 70% range of what it was during the same period in 2019. In early May, it is reaching over 80 percent daily.

Restaurants are doing even better than before the pandemic, according to Open Table data, which uses a sample of restaurants.

Tax revenue is also rising. According to a tweet from Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks, Miami-Dade hotel tax revenue in March 2021 was 93% of what it was in March 2019.

Preliminary  tax numbers for April show that Dade hotel revenue in April increased over March.

Miami’s red hot recovery comes despite a ban on certain international tourists.

Normally, international visitors make up over 50 percent of passengers at MIA. They also typically account for over 50 percent of hotel revenue.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

We need the international travelers to cause hotel prices to rise to make SOBE safer

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, we need wealthier and frankly classier, people to fly in.

Anonymous
1 month ago

As soon as air fare prices go up, the make up of travelers will change. The airport is also having lots of the same issues because some customers flying now are really undesirable Greyhound customers who now can afford to fly.

Anonymous
1 month ago

there is a brawl at MIA twice a week now

Anonymous
1 month ago

“there is a brawl at MIA twice a week now”
At this rate, MIA may catch the FLL Spirit airlines desk.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Racist

Anonymous
1 month ago

The data speaks for itself.

Anonymous
1 month ago

not one person has mentioned race in their comment yet they are racist? lmao

Anonymous
1 month ago

Guy has a guilty conscious.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Remember the last ten years, especially the last one? The world has become a very stupid place.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The city of mainland Miami should continue creating it’s own niche and let the city of Miami Beach worry about itself.

Anonymous
1 month ago

bad publicity for SOBE====bad publicity for Miami period

Anonymous
1 month ago

their image effects ours, people think all of this is Miami Beach

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. but they go to South Miami Beach to kick it because face it, the North Miami Beach area act too stuck up!

Anonymous
1 month ago

you mean proper ?

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s until they fly in to the airport and rent a car or take a taxi or Uber/Lyft to Miami Beach and see what the image is really all about.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah. It’s gross

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wealthy people are not getting the WSVN videos in their newsfeeds… the traffic stopping twerk-a-thon videos miss them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

But the Hispanic Gay Pride Parade didn’t!

Anonymous
1 month ago

that will not discourage violent ” tourists” from coming to SOBE . they will stay in a cheap hotel in miami and come to SOBE .

Anonymous
1 month ago

So poorer people are the criminals you say???

Anonymous
1 month ago

There seems to be a correlation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I guess only the poorer people drink alcohol and get drunk, thus behaving badly. I’m not taking sides here, but facts are facts. Young people away from parents frequently express their freedom by committing acts that are not always legal. That includes underage drinking etc. That behavior is not relegated to any specific race, as your comment implies. Why don’t you break down your ‘correlation’ . Explain how you arrived at that conclusion.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Forget it. They’re not concerned about stuff like this happening in
Fort Lauderdale in 1967:

https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4335&context=etd

So what race do they think they were?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Again, the data speaks for itself.

Anonymous
1 month ago

yes… seems like nasty poor people tourists right now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How poor can they be if they can afford a vacation?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bam!.. you f*cked them up mentally with that…

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m black and middle class sir

Anonymous
1 month ago

Awaiting um.. ahhh forget about it…

Anonymous
1 month ago

“How poor can they be if they can afford a vacation?”
The Gov’t just sent out $2,000 checks.

A round trip Newark to MIA ticket costs $237. An AirBnB costs $105 a night (divide by 8 of your poor friends).

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Yeah.. if Miami Beach were to keep waiting on rich f..ks like you to stay in business, the place will revert back to bird and turtle nesting.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“So poorer people are the criminals you say???”
Statistically so. Especially the violent criminals.
They are mostly males 16-26 and they grew up without a Father in the home to teach them respect for human life or private property.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brickell, too. The crowd around the Icon and Epic is pretty sketchy.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They will all leave as soon as that stimulus money stops stimulating their ratchet selves

Anonymous
1 month ago

Then all those lucky businesses in Brickell will be able to get back to people like you to support them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They’ll just use FLL and drive down

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need the international tourists back, especially from Europe, in order to get South Beach back to some kind of normal. It’s so ghetto right now!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, let’s worry about Miami Beach hotels filling up and them getting the shining spotlight for the county and leave the ho-humness to mainland Miami?.. gtbfkm!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The ghetto people flew in as plane tickets and hotels are very cheap and that stimulus money is a big catalyst. That money is drying up now and prices will rise again so the quality people will pour in and the ghettos will fly out. About time!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need Europeans back pronto!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, instead of the “ghetto people,” South Beach can now get back to the big spenders like you to fill the hotels and go to the bars, restaurants, and clubs.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly. Get those ratchet ghetto crowd out and get in the classy Europeans and international tourists. South beach is a party beach but doesn’t mean it has to be filled with classless people like right now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. all they need is people full of class like you who doesn’t know how to write a proper sentence.

J.M.
1 month ago

The sentence seemed pretty coherent to me. You ok?

Anonymous
1 month ago

J.M., I’ll correct just that opening sentence for you: Exactly. Get the ratchet ghetto crowd out and get the classy Europeans and international tourists in.

Now tell me J.M., what’s the better written one?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The first sentence had proper grammar and was actually pretty well written. Whereas, your “corrected” sentence has too many repetitions and poor punctuation. Your sentence is all less “poetic” in the way it is presented, making it more dry to the reader and less dramatic in order to make a valid point.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ You do a lot of talking but demonstrate nothing.

Playedthegame
1 month ago

Miami Beach promoted the change long before Covid…..maybe they don’t mind as long as they bring cash to spend

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not true. South Beach is a party beach but that doesn’t have to equal ghetto. It will all be back to normal soon. Wait that they reopen international tourism and that prices go up again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tell the truth, you’re just waiting for more dish washing jobs to open?

Anonymous
1 month ago

OMG SO SO SO GHETTO!!!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

They will fly out to their ghetto neighborhoods soon. Very soon.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Some of them will drive across the bridge to Hialeah also.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thank you DeSantis.

Anonymous
1 month ago

For real

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thank you Biden

Anonymous
1 month ago

F___CK DiSaster!!! He is a TRUMP ASS KISSER!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Get a hold of yourself. Why the rage? Take a chill pill.
Honestly, your comments have no basis. And moreover, you can express your opinion without all the vulgarity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And also, he/she can express the opinion but with facts. Not just hateful rhetoric

Anonymous
1 month ago

The ad hominem attack is the tool of a person who doesn’t have the facts to support a proper logical argument.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hormones. Sorry. Easy now.

Jesus
1 month ago

Democrat here. Thanks to Desantis, our state is doing significantly better than most other. You should be thankful he didn’t go too draconian with lockdowns, restrictions. I was looking into going to New York and their restrictions are still in place. Miami has some but fairly reasonable. Desantis also despite what critics said, did not have the disaster that unfolded in New York or California. Granted, they have different densities and are much more denser population wise than we are yet it could be argued that their lockdowns did more harm than good. As a Democrat, I would and am considering when the time comes unless a better candidate emerges, to vote for Desantis

Anonymous
1 month ago

thank you for being logical, im a independent but will vote for him again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, actually NY and FL state population densities are virtually the same. CA is considerably more dense, but outside of SF peninsula and LA County I suspect CA wouldn’t be much more dense either.

Ken
1 month ago

You understand that the density in NYC is significantly different than upstate NY this is literally apples to oranges

Anonymous
1 month ago

You understand I am comparing states to states, so apples to apples. How couldn’t you figure this out? My post said STATES.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m talking STATES Einstein, keep up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

As an independent myself, I think if Repubs are smart they’ll run DeSantis for pres in ’24 and dump Trump.

Playedthegame
1 month ago

Despite the hype….I don’t think he’ll run again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It depends on who will run. He basically ended a slew of the 2016 candidates’ political careers, so if somebody like Nikki f-ing Haley is put on a pedestal by “honorable” losers, he’ll be back to mop the floor.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Mitch McConnell said Donald Trump better not think about running for president again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need him for those two remaining years of his second term, and unlike Trump, he doesn’t have the charisma and ability to fight back against a media who calls him a murderer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

As a republican I respect you opinion and common sense, is not hard to see the truth… also we can throw on there that Florida has an older population.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You cant compare Florida to NYC or CA. They were the first to get COVID and have much higher, denser populations. DeSantis has lied again and again about COVID numbers, he does not return calls from South Florida county/city mayors, even Republicans, concerned about orders he implements that affect denser populations. Time and again, he has not let media, especially the Miami Herald, into public forums. He is completely untrustworthy and, similar to Trump, willing to do anything to win. Florida needs a transparent, trustworthy governor that represents the whole state, not just the regions that voted for him. DeSantis barely won four years ago, and I hope given the many new Democrats that now live in Florida, he will not win again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You don’t even know that NY state and FL have virtually the same population densities. Yes they CAN compare. The rest of your post is even less rooted in facts, nothing more than opinionated rant devoid of facts.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you look at where people actually live in each state, NY is much more densely populated, with far less suburban sprawl. NYC itself is almost half the state’s total pop. FL’s population is spread out between three major metros and three minor ones, which means far less overall density. Exactly like comparing apples and oranges… yes, they’re both fruit, but the similarities end there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

DeSantis “barely” won because he made some unfortunate gaffes and out-of-state donors from Soros to Silicon Valley funded Gillum’s campaign and crack addiction. Seeing his performance in action, he will win in a more significant lead, and Broward and Palm Beach Counties can’t try to stuff the ballot box this time.

Also, the Governor has been very transparent to local governments. The CBS story about PBC was lie that even the mayor attested.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Matt Geatz, is that you?!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Someone will have to look between your legs to find Andrew Gillium.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You better not be a New Yorker or Californian… coming here with that BS… thanks to Desantis policies is why this state is doing so good. Get your head out of your butt and see reality for once.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“You better not be a New Yorker or Californian… coming here with that BS”

Said by a person who voted for a New Yorker….

Anonymous
1 month ago

He lives in their head rent free and they can think of nothing else but him.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yep.. just like these Republitards that’s giving Desantis credit for whatever I don’t know. Because of Biden, millions of people got vaccinated way ahead of schedule in Florida. But as usual, the president and the Democrats don’t get credit for anything from these Republiloons.

Anonymous
1 month ago

when you watch TYT, ATTN all day and didn’t have a personality the past four years other than TDS.

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least TYT doesn’t have liars on their network saying “those people storming the Capitol building in Washington DC were ANTIFA people pretending to be Republicans!”

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Chunk Yoghurt has being lying all his life.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Desantis has more cojones!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, they are called little marbles!
DiDantis is a racist, white supremacist, voting suppressing architect, Trump ass kisser, corrupt, etc.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Desantis is a Republican flunky.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“F—K TRUMP?!”

O’boy, wait till Tucker Carlson hears this….

Anonymous
1 month ago

C’mon international travel let’s make MIA the busiest airport in Florida again.Tired of Orlando winning it.Although MIA has more flights but Orlando has more passengers and also the only major airport in the region SFB doesn’t really count

Anonymous
1 month ago

Orlando has Disney World which is more of a family type destination. Miami need casinos in order to be a more grown up type destination… sort of like Vegas but much better.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami needs museums, better universities and tech jobs and lots more density. Some casinos are fine but we don’t need to be like Vegas, we could be classier and more sophisticated than that.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Reread what I wrote “Miami need casinos in order to be a more grown up type destination… sort of like Vegas but much better.”

You see chickens and roosters running around in the streets of Miami, so start with getting rid of that before you talk about being “classier and more sophisticated.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can’t compare the 2. Vegas has nothing to offer but gambling. Miami has beaches and boating and fishing and better weather.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Again, read what I wrote: sort of like Vegas but much better!!!

Sheesshh!..

Anonymous
1 month ago

^You sort of tried to make a point but didn’t. Sheesh!

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ That’s because they can’t comprehend simple English.. sheesh!…

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need more high class casinos, and hookers to make Miami a great destination.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agree…

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s only because of Disney World. It’s old already. Orlando has nothing else of substance to offer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

As long as people keep making babies, Disney World will always have something of substance to offer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oye. Papi

Anonymous
1 month ago

All the 5 star hotels like fountain blue and one transformed to a shithole recently. Its so pity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You all do realize the entire state of Florida can drive to Miami right? A lot of these “tourist” are your fellow Floridians. Have you heard of #FloridaMan

Anonymous
1 month ago

The arrest records are showing plenty of out of staters.