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PortMiami’s economic impact soars to $61.4 Billion


Miami, Florida – PortMiami, recognized globally as the Cruise Capital of the World and a major cargo gateway, has significantly enhanced its economic footprint, according to a recent study by Martin Associates. The study highlights a substantial increase in economic impact, rising from $41.4 billion in 2016 to an impressive $61.4 billion. This growth underscores the port’s crucial role in boosting local and state economies through its expansive cruise and cargo operations.

Economic Contributions and Job Creation

The report details that PortMiami’s activities now support 340,078 jobs, up from 334,500, reflecting a robust expansion in employment opportunities linked to the port’s operations. These jobs include 29,423 direct local positions, which contribute to the thriving economic environment in Miami-Dade County. The total economic activity generated by the port now accounts for 3.9 percent of Florida’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which stands at $1.6 trillion.

In terms of fiscal contributions, the port activities have led to the generation of $2.2 billion in state and local taxes, with $1.6 billion of this directly attributed to Port users. This substantial contribution aids in funding essential public services and infrastructure developments within the state.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava praised the port’s significant economic influence, stating, “PortMiami is not only one of Miami-Dade County’s most important economic engines, its economic impact is also felt regionally and globally.” She highlighted the port’s role in supporting high-paying local jobs and its commitment to environmental sustainability through initiatives like shore power and plans to achieve net zero emissions.

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Ongoing Investments and Future Plans

Hydi Webb, Director and CEO of PortMiami, emphasized the ongoing efforts to maintain the port’s status as a top-tier facility for both cruise and cargo operations. “The seaport continues to play a critical role in the economic vitality of our region. We will continue to invest in our infrastructure to ensure that PortMiami remains a world class cruise and cargo port,” Webb said. She also acknowledged the vital support of the port’s partners, whose collaboration has been essential to the port’s continued growth and success.

The economic impact analysis was meticulously conducted, employing comprehensive interviews and surveys with the port’s tenants and firms providing cruise and cargo services. The study also included surveys of cruise passengers and vessel crew to gauge their spending habits during visits to Miami, which contributes further to local economic activity.

PortMiami operates as a landlord port and has established partnerships with 23 cruise line companies, including industry giants like Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group, and MSC Cruises, and three major cargo terminal operators. These partnerships have been pivotal in ensuring the port’s ability to handle vast numbers of tourists and significant cargo volumes efficiently.

For more detailed information about PortMiami and its economic impact, visit www.portmiami.biz.

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