This blog post was updated on August 13, 2021.
Recently, tourism officials in both Orlando and New York City have laid claim to tourism supremacy, with each city touting nearly 50 million visitors in 2010.
However, official numbers released earlier in the week seem to suggest that Orlando narrowly surpassed New York City in number of visitors in 2010.
Some in New York City are disputing the claim, though, as Orlando’s count included visitors to several counties in the greater Orlando area.
One New York official compared it to counting visitors to Woodstock in the official NYC count.
Orlando officials shot back that comparing attractions like Walt Disney World (16 miles from downtown Orlando) to Woodstock (100 miles outside of NYC) is ridiculous.
Regardless of which city is the true number one, there is no denying that both experienced a tourist boom in 2010. New York City welcomed 48.7 million visitors on the year while Orlando hosted 51.5 million guests.
Source: The Telegraph