Vice President attends roundtable discussion with tourism leaders in Orlando

Pence will meet with Gov. DeSantis about reopening economy

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vice President Mike Pence answer question after visiting an Orando are adult-living facility. (CNN)

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.