Memorial Day Kicks Off Banner Summer Travel Season

 AAA Travel

An estimated 38 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend according to AAA. And of all the places they can chose to spend this long holiday weekend, more are planning to come to Orlando than any other U.S. destination. Warm weather tops the national list of what travelers are searching for this year, making Orlando a natural choice. These robust travel predictions point to the second-highest Memorial Day volume on record, and the largest since 2005.

It seems Americans are more eager than ever for the start of summer and are ready to travel in numbers we haven't seen in over a decade. Thanks to strong employment, a rise in personal income and the lowest gas prices in 11 years, the Memorial Day getaway looks to be one of the best our destination has seen.

Nearly 34 million, or 89 percent, of these vacationers will travel by car thanks to a drop in gas prices. In fact, in Orlando our guests can expect to pay an average price of $2.14 per gallon, down 39 cents over 2015. Nearly 2.6 million travelers will take to the skies across the nation which is 1.6 percent more than we saw last year.

As guests arrive in Orlando this summer they'll be welcomed by a host of new must-see attractions which include Universal Orlando Resort's Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Epcot's Frozen Ever After and SeaWorld Orlando's Mako hypercoaster. Without a doubt, these attractions will drive new visitation and provide reasons for travelers to return again and again.


Orlando Tops U.S. Meeting Destinations...Again!

 Top Meeting Destinations

Orlando has just been named the #1 meetings destination in the United States. According to Cvent, a leading event management company which sources nearly $10 billion annually in events around the globe, Orlando has again achieved the highest ranked spot on the Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States list. This repeat honor is a testament to the investment we, and our members, make to market, sell and create assets that make Orlando the ideal location for meetings and conventions.

Of the more than 5,000 U.S. cities that were evaluated, the leaders consistently made investments in infrastructure, featured hotel renovations and were committed to economic factors to make the destination more appealing. Cvent claims that "all of these cities can learn from multi-year leader Orlando that the only way to remain on top is to continue investing and innovating to remain competitive year after year." Following behind Orlando on the U.S. list were Chicago and Las Vegas.

With more than 118,000 hotel rooms, a host of resorts and special event venues, a top ranking by Cvent gathers the attention of countless meeting planners who rely on the endorsement when booking their next events. With superior accommodations and meeting sites, easy, convenient air service and a gold standard of hospitality it's easy to see why these meeting professionals love Orlando and continue consider us again and again.


Orlando Welcomed 66 Million Visitors in 2015

Orlando Welcomed 66 Million Visitors 

Visit Orlando announced a new all-time record for the destination. In 2015, 66.1 million people visited Orlando, growing 5.5 percent from 2014 and solidifying Orlando's position as the most visited destination in the nation. Visitation to Orlando more than doubled over the past 20 years, growing from 32.4 million in 1995.

"Reaching more than 66 million visitors to Orlando is an amazing accomplishment for our tourism community," said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. "This new milestone and rapid growth over the past two decades is a result of having a tourism industry and community partners that 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."


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