Miami hotels expect busy Thanksgiving week

Miami hotels are expecting an influx of visitors this week that will bring their occupancy rates to the highest level since the COVID-19 pandemic torpedoed the tourism industry in March.

Traditionally Thanksgiving week has been a highlight for Miami-Dade hotels, as tourists escape from cooling temperatures elsewhere. This year, amid the pandemic, some hotels still expect to sell out thanks to an influx of visitors from the Northeast and Florida, despite a warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid traveling for the holiday.

“We are excited,” said Cynthia Boyett, director of sales and marketing

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Navarre Beach surges past November tourism record during pandemic

Because of the global pandemic and economic recession that took over most of 2020, Navarre Beach, like many tourist destinations, saw its tourism tax revenues plummet in March, April and May as beaches shut down and uncertainty about the coronavirus crippled vacation markets globally. 

But curiously, by the end of the year Navarre Beach was bucking the trend seen throughout much of the rest of the Panhandle — its tourism tax revenue was up almost 27% in October and 55% in November, a surge that helped soften the downturn seen at the beginning of the pandemic. 

“We lost our money

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St. Johns County beach renourishment wrapping up

beach renourishment in St. Johns County will wrap up soon, but more beach projects are gearing up. 

One effort to beef up the coastline began late this year, and sand placement should be finished soon, said Damon Douglas, St. Johns County’s coastal manager. The work stretches from just north of Nease Beachfront Park to around the Ocean Villas in the Serenata Beach community. 

“They’re anticipating by just after New Year’s,” he said. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has an agreement with St. Johns County for the project, is leading the effort.

Once the sand placement is

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What hotels, tourism will look like in Southwest Florida over the Fourth of July

Fourth of July usually brings visitors to Southwest Florida in droves.

This year will be different amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Marco Eagle, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network..

While some hotels and resorts expect to fill up as usual, others don’t anticipate the crowds they’d typically get, due to coronavirus-related risks and restrictions.

With Independence Day falling on Saturday and the holiday observed on Friday, it naturally creates a long holiday weekend for many workers, making it easier for them to get away for a quick trip.

However, more people are expected

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