Another record year expected for Orlando August 26, 2004 Share 1 -- Fort Lauderdale area also seeing visitor gainsFORT LAUDERDALE -- Greater Fort Lauderdale reported its best July ever with hotel occupancy exceeding 70% for the first time, according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. The 70.1% occupancy rate was a 10.2% increase over the previous July rate of 63.6%. The previous record occupancy for July was 65.4%, which was recorded in 2000. The record occupancy for any month was 91% this past February. -- D.C.ORLANDO -- A record number of tourists will visit here in 2004, according to a study commissioned by the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. Current projections point to as many as 48 million visitors by years end, a 6.7% increase from 2003. The city set a record in 2003 with nearly 45 million visitors, a 4.7% increase from 2002. Domestic visitors in 2003 accounted for 95% of the total. Visitors from Florida accounted for more than half (53%) of domestic visits, but that percentage was down from 2002, when in-state tourism dominated during the economic downturn and post-9/11 fears.Current trends point to a 5.4% increase in 2005, to 50.6 million visitors, and an additional 4.8% increase to 53 million visitors in 2006.To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at email@example.com.