One of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida’s most action-packed ride experiences. Universal Orlando Resort announced that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join its line-up of attractions in 2017 – continuing the unprecedented growth of the destination.
Visit Orlando, the destination’s official tourism association, today announced that more than 62 million people visited Orlando in 2014. The announcement marks a new all-time record for the U.S. travel industry, solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation.
When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colourful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall. The new hotel, announced by Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts, will be located across Adventure Way from the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel announced that Orlando welcomed 59 million visitors in calendar year 2013, setting an all-time record for U.S. destinations. The record-breaking figure represents a more than three percent increase over the previous milestone set in 2012.
Dennis Quinn, vice president of destination sales, Universal Orlando Resort at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas Gala Ceremony 2012
Fine dining in Orlando was put on the global map by internationally renowned chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Kat Cora and Roy Yamaguchi, and during the past decade home grown talent the likes of John Rivers (4Rivers Smokehouse), Kevin Fonzo (K restaurant), and James and Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig) has extended the destinations foodie image.
It was another record-breaking year for Orlando with final 2011 visitation numbers revealing that Orlando welcomed 55.1 million visitors, up 7.2% from last year’s record setting 51.4 million and 1.5% over the previous forecast of 54.3 million visitors.