Orlando hits record 66 m visitors in 2015

In 2015, 66.1 million people visited Orlando, growing 5.5 per cent from 2014 and solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation

Visit Orlando announced a new all-time record for the destination. In 2015, 66.1 million people visited Orlando, growing 5.5 per cent from 2014 and solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation. Visitation to Orlando has more than doubled over the past 20 years, growing from 32.4 million in 1995.

“Reaching more than 66 million visitors to Orlando is an amazing accomplishment for our tourism community. This new milestone and rapid growth over the past two decades is a result of having a tourism industry and community partners that are focused on growth and investment, dedication to the needs of our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies,” said George Aguel, president and CEO, Visit Orlando.

A record 33 million room nights were sold in Orlando in 2015, resulting in record tourist development tax collections topping US$ 230 million in Orange County, Fla., home to the Central Florida tourism district.

“We’re proud to break another national record and again be named the top visitor destination for the US. With our convention centre and culture of hospitality, world-class theme parks, family-friendly entertainment, luxury dining and lodging amenities, it’s no surprise that Central Florida remains the top destination for business, family and leisure guests,” stated Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor.

Visit Orlando announced the record-breaking achievement at its annual Travel & Tourism Luncheon, a celebration of Orlando’s tourism community, attended by over 800 tourism and community leaders. The event was held during the 33rd annual National Travel and Tourism Week, which unites communities each year to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

“Orlando has reached yet another historic milestone with more than 66 million visitors in 2015 – a significant achievement for Orlando and the US travel industry. The region’s commitment to travel and tourism – with special kudos to Visit Orlando, its tourism community members, and the leadership of local public officials – enabled it to hit yet another visitation record,” added Roger Dow, president and CEO, US Travel Association.

Since 1995, Orlando’s hotel inventory grew by more than 37 per cent, topping 117,000 rooms in 2015. Passengers at Orlando International Airport increased by more than 72 per cent, reaching 38,809,337 in 2015. In the past two decades, significant openings and expansions have continued to reinforce Orlando as the theme park capital of the world and a leading convention destination. Orlando also established a lineup of luxury offerings to meet the needs of travellers seeking five-star service and amenities and downtown Orlando experienced a renaissance with new arts and sports venues. The destination emerged as a culinary destination, garnering consistent James Beard Award nominations for local chefs while also attracting internationally-praised celebrity chefs with new culinary concepts.

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