Florida’s economic ‘backbone’ of tourism faces hardship from coronavirus, eyes recovery

ORLANDO, Fla. – On an unusually quiet evening at Orlando International Airport, an exhausted couple heads down the escalator toward baggage claim to retrieve their belongings.

Jack and Lucy Howarth, who just made the over 11,000-mile journey from Perth, Australia, are here for their two-year wedding anniversary.

When they booked this trip 10 months ago, they ironed out an extensive itinerary with plans to meet up with friends from the United Kingdom, visit all the Orlando theme parks, and then proceed onward to other cities around the country before heading home.

But, the trip has gone anything but according to plan.

“Our plans in Orlando were to go to Disney and Universal, and then we found out the day we were leaving that it was all shut (sic),” Howarth told Fox News. “We thought we’re coming here, we’re gonna go see our friends, have loads of fun. And now … we don’t know what to do in Orlando.”

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