A record 66.1 million people visited Orlando in 2015, up 5.5 percent from 2014 and more than double the number that visited 20 years ago, the city's destination marketing organization, Visit Orlando, announced yesterday.
"Reaching more than 66 million visitors to Orlando is an amazing accomplishment for our tourism community," said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. "This new milestone and rapid growth over the past two decades is a result of having a tourism industry and community partners who 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."
In 1995, 32.4 million people visited Orlando. Since that time, Orlando's hotel inventory has grown by more than 37 percent, topping 117,000 rooms in 2015, according to Visit Orlando, which attributes Orlando's tourism growth to significant openings and expansions at the destination's theme parks and convention venues, an infusion of luxury offerings for travelers seeking five-star service and amenities, a renaissance in downtown Orlando, and the cultivation of a thriving culinary scene by James Beard Award-nominated local chefs and world-famous celebrity chefs.
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow yesterday extended his congratulations to Orlando, whose record tourism receipts make it the most-visited destination in the country.
"Orlando has reached yet another historic milestone with more than 66 million visitors in 2015 -- a significant achievement for Orlando and the U.S. travel industry," Dow said.
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