Airport, seaport, tourism heads tout milestones
Growth at all three spurs economy
Broward County’s international airport, seaportandtourism sector are among the leading drivers of the local economy, and all enjoyed some level of growth in the past year, top industry officials said Friday.
This year, the three sectors see positive trends in spite of marketplace and geopolitical challenges, leaders said during the Port Everglades Association’s 9th Economic Engine Performance Report at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center.
The annual event draws hundreds of members of the local business community for updates on the sectors’ past performance and a forecast for the current year. In a question and answer session moderated by Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee Bureau Chief for the Tampa Bay Times; Mark Gale, the county’s aviation director; Steven Cernak, Port Everglades’ chief executive and port director; and tourism chief Stacy Ritter gave their takes on their agencies’ prospects.
Some highlights: overseas passengers fromselected countries and restrictions against electronic devices.
When asked how the airport was progressing following the shooting tragedy in January that killed five travelers and injured several others, Gale said: “We can’t let the events of one day, as tragic as they were, define or change the course of where we need to be as an airport.”
He said the airport hopes to complete an after-action report around July and seek to address its findings and recommendations.