WTDC News – Monday June 3rd, 2024

President’s Corner

June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. We would like to use this occasion to inform you of WTDC’s Hurricane Preparedness plan and share ways to protect your home and business.

Our community partners His House Children’s Home are also preparing for the hurricane season. WTDC is hosting our 2nd Annual Water Bottle Drive benefiting His House. We are so grateful to our customers, vendors, and employees for making this such a successful campaign.

Stay healthy,

Sean Gazitua, President & CEO


Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season has officially begun. Are you prepared? From June 1st through November 30th, it is advised to be planned and prepared in case of a hurricane.

WTDC has a four step business operations plan in the event of a hurricane. This plan ensures the safety of WTDC staff and tenants with preparations before, during, and after a storm.

For further information on how to prepare your home or business, click the links below:

WTDC – Hurricane Preparedness

Miami Dade – Hurricane Readiness Guide

CBS – What should you expect for the upcoming hurricane season?


PortMiami’s Economic Impact

PortMiami’s cruise and cargo activities amounted to $61.4 billion in total economic activity in 2023. After record breaking passenger numbers last year, their tidal economic impact had accounted for 3.9% of Gross Domestic Product of the state of Florida.

In a study conducted by Martin Associates, it is reported the PortMiami is responsible for supporting 340,078 jobs through its activities, 29,429 of those being direct hires.

Cruise Hive – PortMiami’s Economic Impact Increases Significantly

Port Technology International – PortMiami reports rise in economic impact to $61 billion


World’s largest cruise terminal almost complete

PortMiami will soon be home to the largest cruise terminal in the world. MSC’s $450 million port will have the capacity for 36,000 guests a day with three cruise berths.

The cruise port is set to open later this year.

The Next Miami – World’s Largest Cruise Terminal Nearing Completion At PortMiami


2nd Annual WTDC Water Bottle Drive

WTDC will be collecting donations until June 21st for our 2nd Annual Water Bottle Drive in support of His House Children’s Home. His House is a faith-based organization that aims to restore the lives of children ages 0-18 and has housed 1,100 children this past year.

Last year, WTDC donated over 2,600 gallons of bottled water as well as a water filtration system to His House, which has helped the children stay safe and hydrated during the hurricane season.

WTDC will be accepting 8oz mini water bottles and 1 gallon water jugs to:

2801 NW 74th Ave

Suite 217 & 100

Miami, FL 33122

For more information, please contact Ginger Diez at Gdiez@wtdc.com.

Thank you to WTDC Logistics Manager Ginger Diez for organizing this event!


Intern Spotlight

Welcome Ramon, WTDC Sales and Marketing Intern! Ramon Peon is a recent graduate of Florida International University majoring in Business Management. He will be pursuing an MBA in International Business starting Fall 2024. A special thank you to Professor Donald Roomes for allowing WTDC to speak at his International Business class at FIU. WTDC is thrilled to be able to engage with such a talented pool of FIU students.

Welcome to the team!


Container Imports stays strong

High inbound cargo volume is predicted throughout peak seasons of summer and early fall.

U.S. Ports handled a total of 1.93 million TEU this past March, an 18.7% increase from previous year. Forecasts for May project a volume of 2.06 million TEU.

Global Trade – Resilient U.S. Economy Keeps Container Imports Strong Through Peak Season


Princess Cruises to break records

Princess Cruises wants to break records in 2026, with plans to sail 222 cruises from March through November of that year. The cruise line will offer 59 different itineraries, with 101 destinations across 29 countries. Travelers will have the option between 5-42 night sailings.

Within Princess Cruises 2026 itinerary, there will be an opportunity to view the 2026 solar eclipse aboard their newest ship, the Sun Princess.

The new season is now on sale for the general public.

Princess to Sail Largest Europe Cruise Season in 2026