Despite a busy hurricane season that saw plenty of areas hit hard with power outages and infrastructure damages, 2017 is still poised to be a year of growth for Florida travel. Even after Hurricane Irma, which delivered massive blackouts and flooding to parts of the state, Florida’s tourism industry will have grown by as much as 3.3% compared to the same period last year. The numbers represent a crowd of more than 88 million tourists that visited the state during the first nine months of the year alone.
Hurricane Irma was part of a barrage of strong tropical storms and hurricanes that hammered the Caribbean and the Southeast United States throughout the latter half of 2017. The storm set its sights on Florida in September, causing a whirlwind of damage to popular travel destinations like Miami, Marco Island, Sanibel Island, and most notably, the Florida Keys. 70 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Irma, which went down as one of the strongest hurricanes the state has ever seen.
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Last week, Hurricane Irma brought devastating winds, rain, and storm surges to many popular travel destinations throughout Florida and the Caribbean. With the storm currently dissipating over the continental United States, many of the Western Hemisphere’s most frequented travel locales are dealing with the destruction left in the storm’s wake. Hurricane Irma damage extends from the Leeward Islands all the way to the Florida Panhandle, leaving many timeshare owners concerned about their home resorts and any impending alterations that may come with next year’s maintenance fees.
We’ve compiled a list of popular resorts and locations that have sustained significant damage for your convenience. For concise and accurate answers about any reservations you have made at your timeshare, reach out to your resort’s customer service department. This is a developing story, and we’ll update this post as the storm clears and more information about closures and damages is obtained.
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This post is the fourth in a series of travel guides for vacation destinations around Florida. For great accommodations located all around the Sunshine State, browse Florida timeshare resales and timeshare rentals on the SellMyTimeshareNow.com inventory.
Famous for its glamor, nightlife, and beach bods, Miami Beach has been a favorite destination of travelers from all walks of life for generations. Within a stone’s throw of Florida’s southern metropolis of Miami, this beachside destination prizes its status as a mecca for beach bums, fishermen, and foodies alike. With unbeatable nightlife, amazing cultural attractions, and all the sun you could possibly ask for, Miami Beach provides a seaside escape unlike any other.
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2015 saw a great deal of jobs and tax revenue added to local economies thanks to the timeshare industry. According to reports by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), U.S. timeshare hot spots like Florida, California, Las Vegas, and South Carolina all saw tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars contributed to their economies through salaries, revenue, and tourist spending.
The statistics from 2015 are evidence of yet another year of growth for the timeshare industry, with both occupancy rates and consumer interest rising in recent years. The nation-wide impact of the growing timeshare industry in the United States totaled $79.5 billion in consumer spending, along with more than 500,000 jobs and $10 billion in tax revenue. However, the impact on local economies has been more substantial, with timeshares giving money back to communities and small businesses.
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