Florida has again attracted record tourism numbers in the last year – but tourism chiefs are still looking to do even better in 2015 and break 100million.
The 2014 high of 97.3million is the fourth consecutive year that record tourist numbers have been recorded, according to estimates from the state tourism body, Visit Florida.
Despite the fact that millions of ‘snowbirds’ head south in winter months to escape freezing temperatures, March is viewed as the first important month of the year for tourism, as holidaymakers stay in increasing numbers.
Will Seccombe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Florida, says, “We can’t afford to rest on our laurels. We’re competing with many other top destinations at home and abroad, so the entire industry is committed to building even more momentum going forward.”
And 2015 looks to be a great year for Central Florida tourism, with the new Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Aquarium at the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex officially opening on 4 May and Legoland’s new hotel soon after on 15 May.
In addition, Universal plans to reintroduce a King Kong ride, and the world’s tallest rollercoaster, Skyplex and the Star Flyer ride are also set to open.
Tourism and real estate go hand-in-hand and the more tourists that visit Central Florida, the more want to buy property in the area to enjoy its theme parks, attractions, sports, shopping as well as its famed warm, sunny weather.
Feltrim Group Chief Executive Officer, Garrett Kenny, says, “Central Florida is a world-class destination four tourism and it is no surprise that it is attracting millions more visitors from around the globe each year.
“Vacationers often stay in a rented property through Feltrim and have such a great time in and around Orlando that they look to buy a holiday home from us or look at ways they can emigrate here with help and advice from our sister company, investment visa advisor, EB5Select.”
Among new Feltrim Group developments is The Fountains at ChampionsGate, which features 80 townhomes with three and four bedrooms with resort-style community pools. It has two championship golf courses and a range of restaurants and shops in the area and is within easy reach of Walt Disney World, Legoland. Universal Orlando and other top attractions.