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Promising results for Orlando tourism industry

Orlando started 2018 with positive results. Both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and the city’s hotels recorded growth in January 2018.

For January, MCO had over 3.9 million travelers. That represents an 8 percent increase over the same time last year.International traffic climbed 14.71 percent for the month with some 518,390 total passengers. Domestic passenger volume was up 7.04 percent with 3,387,178 passengers in January. Overall combined traffic increased 8.0 percent with 3,905,568 total passengers for the month. On a rolling 12-month basis overall traffic is up 6.76 percent with a record total of 44,900,530 passengers.

The Orlando-area hotel industry saw a surge in its revenue per room in January, climbing 14.1 percent to $107.07. The occupancy rate for the Orlando market — defined as Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties by STR — for January was up 4.8 percent over last year, settling in at 78.7 percent.

Orlando’s occupancy levels and rates for revenue per available rooms, or RevPAR, were the highest for a January since at least 2011.

Nationally, the occupancy rate was up 0.9 percent to 54.5 percent, and RevPAR was up 2 percent to $123.33 in January.

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