Orlando tops US destinations popularity league

Orlando tops US destinations popularity league

Orlando has been confirmed as the most popular destination in the US as the Florida theme-park city attracted more than 62 million visitors in 2014.

Overall visitor numbers rose by 5% over 2013 as tourists were drawn to an expanding range of attractions.

A record 32 million room nights were sold in Orlando last year, enabling bed tax collections to surpass $200 million for the first time in Orange County, home to the central Florida tourism district.

Walt Disney World Resort completed New Fantasyland in 2014, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort opened.

New attractions in 2015 include I-Drive 360, featuring a trio of new attractions from Merlin Entertainments, as well as a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs.

A Major League Soccer stadium is due to open in Orlando in 2016.

US Travel Association president and chief executive Roger Dow said: "Passing the 60 million annual visitors mark is a significant achievement for Orlando and the US travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy each year.

"Thanks to the close partnership among members of Orlando's tourism community and strong leadership by public officials and Visit Orlando, this popular destination known around the world is well positioned to continue setting records in tourism."

Visit Orlando president and chief executive George Aguel said: “This historic milestone is the latest testament to Orlando’s leadership in tourism.

“It’s a tribute to the steadfast commitment and continued investment by our tourism community, the special brand of service that greets our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies.”


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