We moved to Florida in 1996, and I remember reading about a convention at Orange County Convention Center, scheduling events for as far away as 2023. I remember that I was so surprised that people were planning for 27 years ahead. As you know this Convention Center with later addition of a new complex across the street is the second largest Convention Center in the nation after Chicago.
I worked in Orlando for 2 years, and I remember what an incredibly huge was this convention business, how many people around were involved, how massive the effort was, and how many companies and people were involved. Remembering how far ahead this business was planned, I can only imagine how a problem today may affect this business for decades to come.
Today I saw in Florida Trend, which aggregates and delivers the news in print and on the Net, that Florida tourism is expecting to be adversely affected. this is not the news any Floridian wants to hear.
I followed the article on CBS News. It said, “U.S. Travel Association says the tourism industry is already seeing evidence of what’s being called a “Trump slump” as regular travelers are cooling their jets.” Or, how do you like this “the Global Business Travelers Association reported $185 million dollars in lost bookings to the U.S.”
When you read and see how dramatically bookings to US have fell. From low 30 to 46%. Oh, wow…
And this is not about business tourism, these numbeers are for "regular" tourists. But besides "regular" tourists, it will hit business tourism, and it may hit it big time.
Driving in a car, I had the radio on, and heard that just 1% loss in business tourism means losing 75,000 jobs. But they are talking about a drop of 17-18%. Imagine how many jobs may be lost…
Every move has a domino effect. Travel ban has it, too. I know that we may not think about it, but do people at the very top think things through when they announce something? It is not a TV show, it is serious.
Business is long international. How can anyone in their sound mind plan for a world convention when they can’t guarantee that participants would be able to come to US? People who are in convention business abroad, and who liked to bring conventions to US are looking for other places now.
Is this how we make America Great Again? Can anybody show me how exactly we are doing it?
Jon Zolsky is broker/owner at Daytona Condo Realty.
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