Tourism is a big draw for many parts of the country. For instance New York City alone serves more than 54 million foreign and American tourists each year. While that’s a lot of people, last year, New York took second place to Orlando, Florida when it came to tourism.
It turns out that in 2014 more than 62 million visitors made Orlando, Florida, the number one tourist destination in the U.S. This milestone was noted in a statement by U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow who said passing the 60 million visitors mark for a year was “a significant achievement for Orlando and the U.S. travel industry.”
New York Challenges for Number 1 Spot
New York officials are not so quick to agree that Orlando deserves the designation as number one because while Orlando had more tourists overall, New York City can still boast that it had the most foreign tourists visit last year, with 12.2 million of the total 56.4 million 2014 visitors coming from abroad. Orlando had about half as many international visitors.
Reason For Orlando’s Increased Popularity
Orlando has been a popular destination for decades, and Orlando tourism officials point to renovations and expansions at the areas many theme parks as the reason for the record breaking number of visitors.
Universal Orlando has opened Diagon Alley, its second Harry Potter-themed attraction, and Disney World’s New Fantasyland is now opened.
This is great news for Orange Country, Florida, as tourism contributed $200 million in hotel tax collections last year, which is also a record.
The area is designed to accommodate the constant flux of people, and theme park transportation makes it easy for guests to get around.
One of the big draws is that there are activities the whole family can enjoy and they keep expanding and upgrading to reach a return clientele. Their record breaking number of visitors shows it is working.