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Most Popular U.S. Tourist Destinations

Orlando was America’s top tourist attraction in ’09 with 48 million visitors, achieving a 12 percent increase in overseas visitors.  Its hotel occupancy rate fell a little short of 61 percent, meaning hotel discounts were plentiful.  New York came in number two in popularity and was able to rent 77 percent of its hotel rooms.  Chicago, Anaheim and Miami filled out the top five most popular U.S. cities.

Warm weather states drew the most travelers during the height of the recession last year.  Florida’s tourist spending came in at $69 billion, with California reaping $96 billion from visitors.  California’s hottest vacation spot was Anaheim, which even though it experienced a drop still drew almost 43 million visitors, many of who were checking out its theme parks. The southern Gulf coast as a whole is a very popular vacation spot that is experiencing major losses due to the oil leak. It is expected to miss a large part of its summer traffic as the oil continues to roll into the beaches there.

Orlando’s visitor count rose slightly in ’09 going from 48.7 to 48.9 million.  The drawing power of Disney was demonstrated by it attracting about 17 million guests.

Las Vegas suffered one of the biggest declines in tourists last year, running a 6 percent drop in international travel.  Overall Las Vegas is still doing relatively well as indicated by its 81.5 percent hotel occupancy rate, higher than any other top tourist destination even after in added more than 10,000 hotel rooms with the opening of CityCenter, Hard Rock’s new tower, and other additions.

The good news for tourists is that Las Vegas’ high occupancy rate was achieved by hotels deeply discounting their room rates.

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