Officials: Orlando was top US tourist destination in 2014

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Posted: Apr 09, 2015 9:33 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tourism officials say more than 62 million visitors came to Orlando last year, making the theme-park mecca the most-visited tourist destination in the U.S.

Visit Orlando, the local tourism agency, says the 2014 visitor count sets a new milestone for the U.S. tourism industry.

Officials also say it is a 5 percent increase in visitors from the previous year.

They attribute the tourism boom to renovations and expansions at the area's many theme parks.

Universal Orlando opened Diagon Alley, its second Harry Potter-themed attraction.

Walt Disney World completed New Fantasyland.

Tourism officials say the tourists contributed $200 million in hotel tax collections for Orange County in 2014, also a record.