ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than 70 million visitors came to the Orlando area last year, setting a record despite the closing of its theme parks and airports during Hurricane Irma.
Tourism officials announced Thursday that the Orlando area had 72 million visitors in 2017, a 5 percent increase over the previous year.
With those numbers, Orlando held onto its title as the most visited destination in the United States.
Almost 66 million visitors last year were from the United States, and the remaining 6 million visitors were international travelers. International travel to the United States overall was weak last year.
Orlando's three major theme parks resorts, Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, closed during Hurricane Irma in September, as did the area's airports.