Miami Beach hotels are already experiencing mass cancellations in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, a concerning series of events for a city fueled by tourism dollars.
As of Monday afternoon, more than 111,000 people have been infected by the virus, formally known as COVID-19. There have been a dozen cases in Florida, including three confirmed cases in Broward County. So far, no cases have been diagnosed in Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties.
However, the outbreak is still impacting local hospitality businesses.
In fact, 90% of Miami hotels surveyed by the Greater Miami Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) have been hit with cancellations as a result of the epidemic, according to speakers at a Monday afternoon coronavirus forum hosted by the bureau and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association.