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It seems the place we all know and love Orlando is breaking records for visitor numbers. Recently it was announced that Orlando was the first city in the United States to reach over 60 million visitors in a single year, even the Big Apple is trailing behind. But Orlando is not resting on it’s laurels, you could say it is a city that never sleeps!
As we have mentioned in a number of earlier blogs there is always something new happening or opening in Orlando. In a recent Forbes magazine article reporting on the 62 million visitors to Orlando in 2014, it was highlighted that Orlando has become more than just The Mouses home town. With the opening of the Dr Phillips Center for Performing Arts in 2014, the arts and culture scene has had a real shot in the arm. A burgeoning culinary scene has been further enhanced as a number of celebrity chefs announcing they will be opening new restaurants in the reimagined Downtown Disney, now Disney Springs area. And Kissimmee/Celebration area has also announced that the World Food Championships will be held there in November 2015.
Sporting developments for the area are also on the minds of the powers that be. Orlando is already home to NBA Basketball with Orlando Magic, at the Amway Center and the 2014/5 Major League Soccer (MLS) season saw the debut ofOrlando City SC. Each Spring Orlando and the Central Florida area play host to a number of MLB teams for their Spring Training camps and the associated Grapefruit League. As for what’s to come…the US Tennis Association announced a $60m tennis complex at Lake Nona in 2014 and it has been hinted that City of Orlando is actively pursuing NFL franchise for the 65,000 capacity, newly renovated Citrus Bowl Stadium.
The forthcoming expansion of the Orange County Convention Center, the every popular theme parks and attractions, the abundance of premium golf courses and the now more than ever flight connectivity, there are direct flights to over 45 international cities, means that the future of Orlando tourism is bright.