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Is Orlando Tourism Slowing?

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 15, 2016

Is Orlando Tourism Slowing?

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Orlando’s hotel occupancy is down and that is leading some to believe its booming tourism market may be softening. 

According to Fox News, “hotel occupancy was down 2.5 percent for the year through July. The number of hotel rooms sold dropped almost 2 percent from the previous year.” 

What is contributing to the downturn? 

Fox News reports that Brazil’s recession and a weak Canadian dollar could be factors. 

“Brazil's recession and political turmoil and Canada's weak Canadian are factors, too. Brazilian visitors decreased 25 percent. Visitors from Canada are up only 1 or 2 percent,” notes Fox News. 

Higher prices and Zika could also be contributing to the situation. 

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“Higher prices at Disney World have lowered attendance at some theme parks. There are also concerns that tourists may become spooked by Zika cases elsewhere in Florida,” Fox News reports. 

However, Orlando has weathered several tragedies before and this next hurdle is certainly a manageable one. For more on Orlando tourism, read on here

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