International tourism keeps South Florida malls afloat

Aventura Mall
Aventura Mall

International tourism is helping sustain some of South Florida’s largest shopping malls.

Without exact figures, it’s safe to say that international visitors now account for a significant portion of sales at such popular tourist destinations as Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, Dolphin Mall and Sawgrass Mills, according to Miami Today.

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An estimated 30 to 35 percent of foot traffic at Aventura Mall is comprised of visitors from other countries, Anabel Llopis, senior director of sales and marketing, told the newspaper. And at Dolphin Mall, international visitors make up 50 to 60 percent of shoppers.

“We have very extensive tracking of our visitors,” said Dolphin Mall director of marketing Madelyn Bello. “We’re seeing growth from Ecuador and from Chile, which just joined the Visa Waiver Program this year.” [Miami Today]Christopher Cameron