Orlando hotels haven’t been this busy since the pandemic began – a sign that the theme park capital of the world is getting back to normal. Orlando Metro’s record hotel occupancy rate hit 90.5% from March 13-19, breaking the previous record of 85.9% set in late February, according to Visit Orlando.
“Our destination has reached an important milestone in our ongoing recovery, thanks to Spring Break visitors,” said the President and CEO of Visit Orlando. Casandra Matej.
If you have been to disney world lately, the news won’t come as a surprise. Midwesterners fleeing the still-cool spring temperatures and others are flocking to Orlando to visit theme parks and stay in hotels.
Visit Orlando said Orlando’s occupancy rate was the second highest among the top 25 U.S. markets, just behind Tampa.
Higher hotel occupancy also means more county hotel tax money.
For February, the 6% tax generated $28.36 million — a significant jump, Orange County Comptroller says Phil Diamond.
“Month-over-month, February collections were higher than January by $5.9 million and higher than February 2020 by $255,800,” Diamond’s office said in a statement. press published on Wednesday. “These were the highest February collections ever and the third highest monthly collections ever.”
Tourists should keep coming, Visit Orlando said.
Hotel occupancy in April is on track to reach about 94% of pre-pandemic 2019 levels, which Visit Orlando called “a move in the right direction.”
Other big events are also on the schedule over the next few months, which will likely help draw in the crowds.
The US Travel Association’s IPW is billed as the “Super Bowl of the Travel Industry” and is expected to draw more than 4,500 attendees from 62 different countries when the travel show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in early June. Visit Orlando mentioned. These attendees will bring large numbers of people staying in hotel rooms, eating in restaurants, and seeking entertainment during their downtime in Central Florida.
This is the first time the event has returned to Orlando since 2015.
“The 2022 schedule allows Orlando to take center stage as the world begins to travel again,” according to Visit Orlando, adding that “past IPW events have generated more than $500 million in economic impact for the host city”.