Tourism nonetheless anticipated to peak in Pensacola Seashore regardless of rising prices
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Tourism nonetheless anticipated to peak in Pensacola Seashore regardless of rising prices

Tourism nonetheless anticipated to peak in Pensacola Seashore regardless of rising prices

Whereas 2020 was traditionally the 12 months that everybody was caught at residence, 2021 got here fast on its heels as a record-breaking 12 months for Pensacola tourism.

There have been questions whether or not that momentum would carry into 2022 as soon as folks bought over their preliminary restlessness to journey, nevertheless early numbers point out that Pensacola Seashore is on observe for one more profitable tourism season.

Go to Pensacola’s quarterly snapshot from January to March of 2022 reveals a 20% improve in guests compared to 2021. A number of the key causes included the reopening of the Pensacola Bay Bridge in 2022, extra attraction to Pensacola’s particular occasions and a rise of promoting of the town.

The visitors appears to be closely regional, as 18% of Pensacola’s guests have been recognized to be coming from one other a part of Florida, adopted by Alabama at 11%, then Texas at 6%.

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The crowd checks out Christafari during the Fifth annual Family Beach Fest at Pensacola Beach Saturday, May 28, 2022. The fest was a free concert honoring honoring God, family and the military.

Nonetheless, as excited vacationers put together for his or her annual seashore trip, some household’s price range considerations have additionally risen with every spherical of rising fuel costs.

Rick Harper, director of the UWF Workplace of financial growth and engagement, would not anticipate the rise to be sufficient to cancel plans to Pensacola altogether, largely as a result of it is primarily a drivable trip vacation spot.

“The truth that we’re principally a drive-to market signifies that we’re going to be the web beneficiary of a few of the substitution within the trip market,” Harper stated. “Households that may have thought-about flying from Chicago to Disney World, they could properly discover that these tickets are too costly. They usually might as a substitute undertake the day-and-a-half drive to come back to Northwest Florida.