A record 66.1 million people visited Orlando in 2015, up 5.5 percent from 2014 and more than double the number who visited 20 years ago, according to the city's destination marketing organization, Visit Orlando.
"Reaching more than 66 million visitors to Orlando is an amazing accomplishment for our tourism community," said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. "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, reaching 117,000 rooms in 2015. Visit Orlando attributes the 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.
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, 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. "The region's remarkable commitment to travel and tourism -- with especial kudos to Visit Orlando, its tourism community members, and the leadership of local public officials -- enabled it to hit yet another visitation record."