Officials: Orlando was top US tourist destination in 2014

Orlando, Top Tourist Destination
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Officials: Orlando was top US tourist destination in 2014

Orlando, Florida

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Lake Lucerne, Orlando, Florida

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 Orlando, Florida, Lake Eola, Swanboats

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Magic Kingdom

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 28: In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, (L-R) Actors Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown and Marcus Scribner, from the cast of the ABC series 'black-ish,' enjoy Mickey ice cream bars in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom March 28, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The four visited Walt Disney World Resort with their families to kick off their summer break and celebrate the success of the show's first season. (Photo by Mariah Wild/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 19: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, in a special moment for Magic Kingdom guests, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streaked across the skies above Cinderella Castle March 19, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The flyover featured the Blue Angels' six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation making two dramatic passes above the Magic Kingdom, with Cinderella Castle as a focal point, en route to an air show in Florida. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue at the Magic Kingdom / Disney World

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Disney Hollywood Studios

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 Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

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Disneyworld, Magic Kingdom, The Haunted Mansion

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Monorail and Geosphere at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida 

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Universal Studios Orlando

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Hard Rock & Universal

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Hogwarts Castle 

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ORLANDO, USA - AUGUST 4, 2014: Sign 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley of Universal Studios Orlando. Universal Studios is a park in Orlando, Florida, USA

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Harry Potter World

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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.

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