Vice President Mike Pence is in Orlando Wednesday to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss Florida’s phased economic reopening, according to a news release.
Pence will also help deliver personal protective equipment to a nursing home as part of the initiative to deliver PPE to more than 15,000 nursing homes across America.
Afterward, Pence will participate in a roundtable discussion with hospitality and tourism industry leaders to discuss their plans for reopening.
He arrived aboard Air Force Two at Orlando International Airport at about 11:25 a.m. The roundtable discussion is scheduled to begin at 2:40 p.m.
Tourism is Florida’s No. 1 industry, and it is suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, with hotels, theme parks and other vacation-based businesses seeing massive drops in revenue because of closures. According to Dana Young, head of Visit Florida, hotels saw a drop in revenue of $1.6 billion during a six-week period in March and April compared to last year.
Domestic air travel to the state is down 65% and international air travel is down 80% compared to last year, Young said recently.