Orlando Still Number One

George Aguel, Visit Orlando President and CEOOn April 11, Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel announced that Orlando welcomed 59 million visitors in calendar year 2013, setting an all-time record for U.S. destinations. The record-breaking figure represents a three percent increase over the previous milestone set in 2012.The news was made at IPW, the premier international travel conference hosting more than 6,000 buyers, suppliers and media.

"We are so pleased to announce this incredibly exciting news on the closing day of IPW 2014, when travel industry professionals around the world shift their sights toward next year's IPW event in Orlando," said Aguel. "Thanks to the strong global marketing and sales efforts of our team at Visit Orlando and the leadership of our tourism members and community leaders who share a common vision for our destination, Orlando continues to lead the nation as its most visited destination."

When new economic impact figures are released later this year, 2013 visitation is estimated to increase the more than $52 billion in economic impact that travel and tourism had on the Orlando community in 2012. One in three jobs in Orlando is a result of tourism, with over 380,000 jobs supported by visitor spending.

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Photograps courtesy of Visit Orlando.