Tourism officials announced recently a historic milestone for the US travel industry as Orlando released news of a record-setting 75 million annual visitors in 2018. The increase of 4.2 per cent over the prior year once again solidifies Orlando’s lead position as America’s most-visited destination.
Visit Orlando, the region’s official destination tourism and marketing organisation, shared the news as part of National Travel & Tourism Week to a gathering of more than 1,000 tourism and community leaders.
George Aguel, President and CEO, Visit Orlando said, “It was another record-breaking year for Orlando with both domestic and international visitation. We saw strong gains from all of our core countries, particularly from Latin America. This success is a testament to the special appeal of our destination that continues to grow and evolve, as well as our strong commitment to strategic marketing initiatives.”
Orlando reached a host of new milestones in 2018 including; Record number of U.S. visitors: 68.55 million (+4.1per cent); Record number of international visitors: 6.48 million (+5.4 per cent); Record airline arrivals: Orlando International Airport (OIA) maintained its position as the busiest airport in Florida, with 47.7 million passengers (+6.9 per cent); Record international airline arrivals: OIA’s international arrivals reached 6.6 million passengers (+11.64 per cent)