Orlando welcomed 59 million visitors in 2013, setting a record for U.S. destinations, according to George Aquel, Visit Orlando president and CEO.

The figure is a 3% increase over the previous record of 57 million visitors, set in 2012.

In the U.S., New York came in second with 54.3 million visitors, followed by Las Vegas with 39.6 million.

Orlando tallies its visitor figures from travel research firm D. K. Shifflet & Associates for domestic travel. Information on international arrivals is sourced from the U.S. government’s National Travel & Tourism Office.

“These two information sources are balanced against local market data, including Smith Travel Research’s hotel statistics, convention center attendance and airport passenger traffic to produce estimates of visitor volume,” said Richard Snowden, spokesman for Visit Orlando.


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