Orlando tourism grew in 2016, despite tragic headlines
Posted May 11
ORLANDO, Fla. — The number of visitors coming to Orlando, Florida continued to grow last year, despite a series of tragic headlines coming out of the region.
Tourism officials announced Thursday that more than 68 million visitors came to Orlando in 2016, a 3 percent increase over the previous year.
The new visitor numbers allowed the theme-park mecca to keep its bragging rights as the nation's most-visited destination.
Last summer was tough on Orlando: In the span of a week, there was the Pulse nightclub shooting, the death of a toddler in an alligator attack at Disney World and the fatal shooting of singer Christina Grimmie after a concert.
The head of Orlando's tourism marketing agency says 2017 is off to a good start, propelled by strong convention business.