According to a recent article in the Orlando Business Journal…Orlando is first destination to top 55 million visitors!
Orlando is the first destination in the country to welcome more than 55 million visitors in one year, Visit Orlando announced Tuesday.
The City Beautiful had 55.1 million visitors in 2011 – a 7.2 percent increase from 2010′s record of 51.4 million visitors.
Total domestic visitation, including business and leisure, accounted for 51.3 million visitors, 7.5 percent more than 2010 and a record for any U.S. destination, according to Visit Orlando.
Worldwide, Orlando had 3.8 million international visitors, a 3.5 percent increase from 2010.
“We have seen a strong rebound in our visitation numbers over the past two years led by increases in domestic and international travel and we continue to be optimistic about the future of the destination,” said Paul Tang, chairman of Visit Orlando. “We are known worldwide as the top family destination and we continue to be a top choice for inspiring meetings. Breaking the 55 million total visitation mark shows the strength of the Orlando brand.”
Other highlights for Orlando tourism includes:
Canada continues to be Orlando’s No.1 international market, with 1,015,000 travelers in 2011, up 5.7 percent from 2010 and visitors from the UK almost hit 800,000!
Hotel room occupancy was up 5.8 percent to 67.6 percent in 2011.
That’s almost like the entire UK visiting Orlando this year!
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