Special Report: Tourism Trends
Tourism has been one of the few bright spots amid a lagging economy. What's behind the big surge in visitors?
Facing a drop in domestic travel of 2 million visitors (5%) in 2009, officials in Orlando needed a way to draw more tourists without relying on recession-weakened America. So Visit Orlando began a new effort to reach out to Brazilians, a logical focus because of a new non-stop service to São Paulo and the country’s fast-growing middle class, flourishing economy and shortened visa wait times.
Beginning in 2009, and in conjunction with some of the city’s largest theme parks, Visit Orlando spent $1 million annually on a major marketing campaign in Brazil. The agency launched a special website in Portuguese, gave away free trips during morning talk shows and ran advertisements on television, in print and online.
The investment paid off. By 2011, tour operators reported booking 115,000 Brazilians thanks to this campaign, generating $166 million in tourism spending.
South American Visitors to Florida
|Source: Visit Florida|