Every March Central Florida welcomes tens of thousands of spring break visitors. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, lockdowns and travel restrictions meant a dismal spring break. This year travel analysts say things should start looking up.Travel experts say the rollout of the vaccine and pent-up demand should bring a welcomed boost in visitors next month.”Right now we’re probably up to about 75 or 80% of hotel rooms that are open and available and as we approach spring break I expect more to open,” Daryl Cronk with Visit Orlando said.Cronk is the market research analyst for Visit Orlando. He expects the spring break turnout to mirror the Christmas to New Year holiday when hotels hit 50% capacity. That’s a far cry from pre-pandemic spring breaks but still an improvement.”There is an acknowledgment that this is going to be a long recovery. The hope is spring break will be a beginning,” Cronk said. Cronk says research shows vaccinations are increasing traveler confidence but that impact probably won’t be felt until this summer after the general public has access to the vaccine.Analysts say other factors encouraging the return to travel are cheap airfares, abundant vacation incentive packages and pent-up demand.”For some people, it might be the first trip they take in a year or more and then there are a lot of people who just have the same spring break desires we’ve always seen. They’re sick of the cold. They need to get out they need a change of scenery,” Mel Lieberman said.Lieberman is the senior travel editor for The Points Guy website. She says of all the spring break destinations, Orlando remains a hot spot especially since Disney has expanded its capacity and hours in recent months.

Every March Central Florida welcomes tens of thousands of spring break visitors.

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, lockdowns and travel restrictions meant a dismal spring break. This year travel analysts say things should start looking up.

Travel experts say the rollout of the vaccine and pent-up demand should bring a welcomed boost in visitors next month.

“Right now we’re probably up to about 75 or 80% of hotel rooms that are open and available and as we approach spring break I expect more to open,” Daryl Cronk with Visit Orlando said.

Cronk is the market research analyst for Visit Orlando.

He expects the spring break turnout to mirror the Christmas to New Year holiday when hotels hit 50% capacity.

That’s a far cry from pre-pandemic spring breaks but still an improvement.

“There is an acknowledgment that this is going to be a long recovery. The hope is spring break will be a beginning,” Cronk said.

Cronk says research shows vaccinations are increasing traveler confidence but that impact probably won’t be felt until this summer after the general public has access to the vaccine.

Analysts say other factors encouraging the return to travel are cheap airfares, abundant vacation incentive packages and pent-up demand.

“For some people, it might be the first trip they take in a year or more and then there are a lot of people who just have the same spring break desires we’ve always seen. They’re sick of the cold. They need to get out they need a change of scenery,” Mel Lieberman said.

Lieberman is the senior travel editor for The Points Guy website. She says of all the spring break destinations, Orlando remains a hot spot especially since Disney has expanded its capacity and hours in recent months.