There were 66 Million visitors to Orlando in 2016 and more are projected to visit in 2017.
Collectively, attractions like Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando Resort® and SeaWorld®, in addition to several others within near proximity (Busch Gardens®, LEGOLAND®), are among the most visited in the world.
Incredible Shopping & Dining Scene
Orlando has plenty of shopping opportunities including Mall at Millenia, Pointe Orlando and International Premium Outlets as well as numerous shops along world-famous International Drive. Recently Orlando has seen an evolution from chain restaurants to fine dining with award-winning chefs.
Affordable Real Estate Investment
According to the National Association of Realtors®, the overall number of international and domestic investors has risen annually. Since buyers are seeing dramatic price increases in Miami and Southwest Florida, Orlando is becoming the clear choice for buyers looking for greater value.
Strong Real Estate Appreciation
According to FortuneBuildersTM, appreciation rates for the Orlando real estate market nearly tripled the national average during the second quarter of 2016, with homes appreciating at a rate of 12.6%, compared to the rest of the country at 4.9%. The three-year appreciation rate skyrocketed to 38.4%, compared to the national average of 17.8%.
The Central Florida area is growing and Forbes has ranked Orlando #3 in future job growth. Growth outside the theme parks is booming – including attractions like the Orlando Eye, SeaLife and the Orlando Aquarium. Soon Orlando will be the home of the world’s tallest roller coaster, The Skyscraper.
A Golfer’s Paradise
Orlando and Central Florida boast some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and hosts a number of PGA and LPGA events. It’s also home to one of the highest ranked public courses in the nation – Orange County National, which has an affiliation with the Grove Resort & Spa.
Culture & Events
Orlando hosts a large number of popular year-round events including theater, sporting events, fitness & charity runs, concerts, festivals, car shows, fiestas and more.
Orlando is well known for hosting “snow birds” from the north each season and the weather is one of the big reasons. From late Fall to early Spring, the weather is an attraction. See the chart below for average high and low temperatures:
November December January February March
High oF Low oF
78 59 73 52 71 49 74 52 78 56
ORLANDO FAST FACTS
• Orlando International Airport (MCO) is ranked as the 2nd busiest passenger airport in Florida.
• Orlando is one of the “Most Dynamic Cities in America,” according to Worth magazine.
• Forbes ranks Orlando as the #3 city for future job growth.
• The Orlando region has been named one of Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Mag zine’s (2016, 2015, 2014) top 10 “American Cities” of the Future” in the large cities category.
• Florida has no state personal income tax. • The City of Orlando has a vibrant,
downtown core including community venues: Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic and a top-ranked NBA sports facility, a brand new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, newly renovated Camping World Stadium and an upcoming MLS soccer stadium.
• There are more than 500,000 higher education students within a 100 mile radius, providing a rock-solid talent pipeline for companies in the region.
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