Orlando looks set to remain the hottest US tourist hot spot in the USA, according to recent figures.
The city, popular for holidays in Florida, received a record number of holidaymakers visiting the city during 2010. Its tourist board has published figures showing that 51 million people came to holiday in Orlando last year and the trend is apparently set to continue in 2011.
The city has always been a very popular holiday destination in the US but this growth further affirms its spot in the pole position. Visit Orlando’s figures show that 51.5 million people holidayed in the Orlando are in 2010, up from 46.6 million in 2009, resulting in a 10.6 per cent total increase in numbers.
Last year saw Orlando become the first city to pass the 50 million-plus visitors mark. Over 3.6 million of these people were international holidaymakers, a trend estimated to continue as flight deals offered by premium carriers increase.
Alex Saint, CEO of the Deal Checker travel site, commented on the city’s enduring appeal: “Florida was one of the original destinations of choice when package holidays initially became popular in the 1960s and the state’s willingness to invest in improving their attractions, accommodation and amenities has meant that Florida holidays have remained consistently popular.
“Orlando in particular is seen by many as the destination of a lifetime, but in the past the cost of flights meant families could only afford to visit once. In 2011, flights to Orlando are cheaper than ever before, and this means that travellers are able to come to the Sunshine State time and time again.”