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Lester Holt is broadcasting NBC Nightly News from Orlando tonight as part of a series on recovery from the US pandemic

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NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt is in Orlando tonight starting a five-part series that visits different parts of the United States to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and possible recovery.

The first episode, as you’d expect, will cover the tourism and hospitality industries trying to recover from the coronavirus downturn.

“Orlando’s economic recovery … got an early boost,” Holt said this morning, walking around the idea that Florida opened up long before the coronavirus pandemic was controlled.

Florida tourism is recovering but is still well below its pre-COVID-19 pandemic level

Tourism in the state of Florida is recovering after a miserable year

Florida tourism is recovering but is still well below its pre-COVID-19 pandemic level

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He went on to say that the show will also feature segments of the still stalled cruise industry. Other segments will focus on restaurants suffering from the pandemic and the ongoing affordable housing crisis in the area, according to NBC.

. @ LesterHoltNBC is joining us from Orlando, Florida to preview his @ NBCNightlyNews Across America series in which he will visit five different cities to see how the country is recovering from the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/9PiWABTKdB

– TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 17, 2021 The show isn’t all downfall and darkness though. There will be an interview with local Paralympic volleyball player Nicky Nieves. In a clip from the segment, Holt asks Nieves how her story can serve as inspiration for others.

On the first day of #LesterAcrossAmerica: @LesterHoltNBC meets Paralympic gold medalist Nicky Nieves, who is teaching on and off the volleyball court.

Come see us tonight when Lester anchors at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT from Orlando (check your local listings). pic.twitter.com/hIPr9s9fUq

– NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 17, 2021

The newscast will air at 6:30 p.m.
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