Another record year expected for Orlando

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.

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