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Fishkind Conversations: As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Florida’s Tourism Economy Drops…Again

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Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Last week infection rates surged across the U.S. and here in Florida, and there were reports of sharp drops in economic activity in response. Retail sales dropped for the third month in a row and new unemployment claims climbed.

This is problematic for Central Florida’s tourism-based economy.

Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston things will change if President-elect Joe Biden is able to do 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his administration, as planned. But the change will be slow.

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Nicole Darden Creston

About Nicole Darden Creston

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from ... Read Full Bio »