Orlando has been a major travel destination since the time The Walt Disney Company first opened the Magic Kingdom in 1971. Orlando has grown exponentially since then, becoming the theme park capital of the world with the addition of three more Walt Disney World theme parks, two (or three, depending on whom you ask) Universal Orlando theme parks, a massive convention center, and so much more.
In 2017, Orlando was the most-visited destination in the United States. The city brought in 72 million guests, which was a five percent increase from 2016. This is the first time a destination in the United States has exceeded 70 million travelers in a year.
This record number of guests is despite travel disturbances like Hurricane Irma, which caused thousands of potential guests to cancel their trips this past year.
The Orlando International Airport was the busiest airport in Florida in 2016, bringing in 44.6 million airline passengers. This was an increase of 6.4 percent. It is important to note that the Orlando International Airport is undergoing a $3.5 billion expansion, which could quickly increase this number in the near future.
The Orange County Convention Center hosted a record 1.53 million guests, which was a 5 percent increase over last year.
Credit: Orange County Government Florida