Orlando Business Journal by Megan Anderson, Web Producer
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 10:30am EDT
Orlando was ranked the No. 1 summer vacation destination, according to a recent AAA travel agent survey and travel sales data.
The survey found that a large number of vacation loyalists are still traveling, despite gas prices inching closer to $4 a gallon.
There were about 51.45 million visitors to Orlando in 2010, according to the latest available data from Visit Orlando. An estimated 54.29 million visited the area last year and about 55 million are expected to visit in 2012.
Orlando is the No. 1 tourism destination in America, and travel is the region’s dominant industry, contributing more than $28.3 billion annually to the local economy and employing about 355,000 people, according to Visit Orlando.