Orlando Announces Record 75 Million Visitors in 2018! #VisitOrlando

[Left to Right] Adrian Jones (Visit Orlando Board Chair and Divisional Director USA, Merlin Entertainments USA Inc.); Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings; and George Aguel (President and CEO, Visit Orlando) celebrate a record 75 million visitors to Orlando in 2018.

Visit Orlando and local tourism officials have announced a historic milestone for the U.S. travel industry as Orlando released news of a record-setting 75 million annual visitors in 2018.

This is an increase of 4.2% over 2017’s 72 million visitors, and once again solidifies Orlando’s lead position as America’s most-visited destination.

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Orlando Thanks Visitors in a Guinness World Records Way for Making it No. 1 Destination in U.S. #OrlandosBIGThankYou

Orlando Thanks Visitors in a Guinness World Records Way for Making it No. 1 Destination in U.S.

This week, Visit Orlando celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week by announcing a record number of visitors to the city, and by setting a Guinness World Records™ title.

The organization, which promotes tourism in the Orlando area, announced a record 68 million travelers visited our area last year.

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Visit Orlando Announces Global Search For Stories Via #MyOrlandoStory

I recently attended the IPW travel conference here in Orlando, and at the kick-off media brunch, Visit Orlando announced a new marketing campaign called “Orlando – the Never Ending Story.”

IPW press brunch

Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel was joined in the presentation by (in photo from left to right): Adrian Jones, Divisional Director – LEGOLAND Florida Resort; Peter Kacheris, Managing Director at Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek; Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs; and Roger Dow, President & CEO U.S. Travel Association.

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Visit Orlando CEO Gary Sain Passes Away

Visit Orlando CEO Gary Sain passed away on Friday night after giving a speech at a fundraiser. He was 61 years old.

You may not be familiar with his name, but Swain headed up the Orlando tourism board and was the man behind the popular “Orlando Makes Me Smile” campaign.

According to officials, Sain was one of the driving forces behind making Orlando the No. 1 family destination in the world since he took over the Orlando Tourism Bureau in 2007, renaming it Visit Orlando to help attract even more tourists.

Our condolences go out to the Sain family.

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