Central Florida Expecting Tourism Boost As US, Canada Border Reopens – WESH 2 Orlando

Fully vaccinated Canadians will soon be allowed to travel to the United States through land and ferry border crossings. Officials announced a plan to begin reopening the borders with Canada and Mexico Tuesday. They’ve been closed for non-essential travel since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robb Alvey with Theme Park Review said this will bring more families to Central Florida. “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of people from Canada, the Toronto area, that will come and do the drive straight down,” Alvey said.Officials with Experience Kissimmee say Canada is such an important market to their tourism that their president and CEO, DT Minich, visited Toronto earlier this month.We’re told he met with tour operators and travel advisors in preparation for their tourism recovery plan that includes working with partners to target Canadians in the next couple of months.We also reached out to Visit Orlando.They say they’re encouraged by the news and sent us a statement saying:“This… is important to Orlando given international visitors stay longer and spend more money per person – more than $6 billion annually in Central Florida before the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed international travel.” Alvey agrees and said this will boost tourism spending, but he said it’ll also boost morale. “I like knowing that we are an international destination for a lot of different people, no matter where they’re from. Every time you hear a British accent or a different language, you know that’s really cool that someone else, wherever they’re from, is coming here to visit us,” Alvey said. An exact date for the reopening hasn’t been determined.There are currently direct flights from Toronto to Orlando on both Air Canada and WestJet.

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Fully vaccinated Canadians will soon be allowed to travel to the United States through land and ferry border crossings.

Officials announced a plan to begin reopening the borders with Canada and Mexico Tuesday. They’ve been closed for non-essential travel since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robb Alvey with Theme Park Review said this will bring more families to Central Florida.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of people from Canada, the Toronto area, that will come and do the drive straight down,” Alvey said.

Officials with Experience Kissimmee say Canada is such an important market to their tourism that their president and CEO, DT Minich, visited Toronto earlier this month.

We’re told he met with tour operators and travel advisors in preparation for their tourism recovery plan that includes working with partners to target Canadians in the next couple of months.

We also reached out to Visit Orlando.

They say they’re encouraged by the news and sent us a statement saying:

“This… is important to Orlando given international visitors stay longer and spend more money per person – more than $6 billion annually in Central Florida before the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed international travel.”

Alvey agrees and said this will boost tourism spending, but he said it’ll also boost morale.

“I like knowing that we are an international destination for a lot of different people, no matter where they’re from. Every time you hear a British accent or a different language, you know that’s really cool that someone else, wherever they’re from, is coming here to visit us,” Alvey said.

An exact date for the reopening hasn’t been determined.

There are currently direct flights from Toronto to Orlando on both Air Canada and WestJet.