Tourism in Broward County Expected to Break New Records
Last week, industry leaders at the 7th Annual Economic Engine Performance Report said that improved roads, added international and domestic flights and extended cruises mean that tourism in Broward County will reach record highs.
In addition to other domestic routes that carriers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport added earlier in the year, JetBlue Airways will add service from Fort Lauderdale to Cleveland, Detroit and Baltimore, while Allegiant Air will add new flights to Indianapolis and Memphis.
Last year, the Fort Lauderdale airport added four new international carriers offering travelers flights to Panama, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico.
With nearly 24.6 million fliers, traffic at the Fort Lauderdale airport went up nearly 5 percent from 2013 with international traffic increasing by 26 percent.
This past year, Broward County tourism came up 5 percent with a total of 14.3 million visitors who spent $11.4 billion.
In 2014, Broward also collected $53 million in tourist taxes, which was a record-breaking 12 percent increase from 2013.
Port Everglades was also breaking records this past year with an increase in both cruise and cargo businesses, reclaiming its spot as the world's second busiest cruise port.
Aside from a $24 million renovation that Cruise Terminal 4 recently underwent, the port will begin work on a 250-foot extension in May to accommodate larger cruise ships. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.