Tourism, Beach Business At Risk Over Zika Concerns

THAT ZIKA IS SPREADING IN MIAMI- DADE COUNTY.

TIANI JONES, CBS 4 NEWS TONIGHT.

THANK YOU AND IT'S BAD ENOUGH FOR SOUTH FLORIDA TO HAVE THE BAD PUBLICITY OF ZIKA IN WYNWOOD, BUT IN WORLD-FAMOUS SOUTH BEACH IS A POTENTIAL GAME CHANGER.

AND HANK TESTER IS WORKING THAT PART OF THE STORY FOR US AND IS LIVE ON SOUTH BEACH.

Reporter: SOUTH BEACH IS ROCKING TONIGHT.

YOU CAN SEE THIS THAT IT'S A GOOD TIME OUT HERE AND NOT THE CROWD YOU WOULD EXPECT, BUT IT'S HAPPENING NOW AND LURKING OVER ALL OF THIS, ZIKA.

ZIKA WHICH CAN HAVE A BIG ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE SOUTH FLORIDA ECONOMY.

THIS IS THE LATEST.

FRIDAY NIGHT IN SOUTH BEACH, OCEAN DRIVE, THE USUAL SUMMERTIME CROWD SEEMINGLY O BELIEFEOUS TO BEING IN THE CENTER OF THE NEWEST DECLARED ZIKA ZONE IN THE MIAMI AREA.

AND.

YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ZIKA ZONE.

ARE YOU AWARE OF THAT? NO, WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

THIS IS THE NEW DECLARED AREA WHERE ZIKA IS TRANSMITTING.

WOW.

Reporter: THE EXTENSION OF THE ZIKA CLUSTER AREA IS A POTENTIAL BLOW TO MIAMI-DADE'S $24.

4 BILLION TOURISM INDUSTRY.

LOCAL TOURISM OFFICIALS HAVE SEEN WHAT THE ZIKA SCARE HAS DONE TO WYNWOOD.

CRIPPLED TRAFFIC INTO THE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT.

NOW, ZIKA TRANSMISSION IS IN THE HEART OF MIAMI BEACH WHERE HALF OF THE COUNTY'S HOTEL ROOMS ARE LOCATED.

AND FOR THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, IT'S AN $11 BILLION BUSINESS.

IT'S A NUMBER ONE EMPLOYER.

THE STATE OF FLORIDA REPORTED A NEW CLUSTER OF LOCALLY TRANSMITTED ZIKA VIRUS INFECTIONS.

Reporter: WALL STREET JOURNAL, PRINT AND BROADCAST MEDIA SPREADING THE WORD TO POTENTIAL TOURISTS.

HOTEL OWNERS AND SERVICE WORKERS NERVOUS ABOUT THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

THE CANCELLATION I RECEIVED YESTERDAY WAS FOR THIS COMING MONDAY.

LABOR DAY IS TWO WEEKS AWAY.

WE'LL SEE IF ANY FURTHER CANCELLATIONS.

Reporter: FOREIGN VISITORS MAKE UP HALF OF THE TOURISTS THAT COME TO MIAMI BEACH.

FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TAKING NOTICE.

THIS LADY FROM NORWAY SAID SHE WAS WARNED ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA.

SOMETHING BEFORE COMING HERE.

AND A WARNING ABOUT GOING HERE.

Reporter: OBVIOUSLY TO KILL MOSQUITOES AND ALSO REASSURE TOURISTS, THERE IS GOING TO BE SPRAYING TOMORROW MORNING HERE IN MIAMI BEACH.

BUT, NO AIRUAL SPRAYING BECAUSE IT JUST DIDN'T WORK WELL HERE.

THE PLANES CAN'T GET LOW ENOUGH AND THE SEA BREEZE BLOWS THE SPRAY INLAND.

REPORTING, I'M HANK TESTER, CBS 4 NEWS TONIGHT.

HANK, THANK YOU.

AND SINCE SO MANY OF OUR TOURISTS COME FROM NEW YORK AND THE SURROUNDING AREA, WE ASKED OUR CBS NEWS STATION THERE TO DO US A FAVOR AND GO OUT AND ASK SOME TRAVELERS ABOUT WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT COMING TO MIAMI.

HERE'S THE SAMPLE OF WHAT WE HEARD AT LAGUARDIA AIRPORT.

I WOULDN'T WANT TO BE VISITING DOWN THERE AS A TOURIST EITHER.

SCARY TO YOU? SCARY.

VERY SCARY.

I WOULD STILL GO TO MIAMI BEACH.

I DON'T HAVE CONCERNS BECAUSE I AM NOT PLANNING ON GETTING PREGNANT ANY TIME SOON.

AND WOULD THIS NEWS ABOUT ZIKA KEEP YOU FROM GOING TO MIAMI BEACH? IT WOULD.

IT REALLY WOULD.

Reporter: YOU'RE STILL GOING TO GO? WITHOUT A DOUBT.

MY FAMILY IS THERE, MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE THERE.

WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, BUT EVERYONE HAS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES.

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