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The Florida theme park capital of Orlando attracted a record 66.1 million tourists last year.

The 5.5% rise compared with 2014 means that visitor numbers have more than doubled over the past 20 years, growing from 32.4 million in 1995.

A total of 33 million room nights were sold in Orlando in 2015, resulting in tourist development tax collections topping $230 million in Orange County, home to the central Florida tourism district.

Orlando’s hotel inventory has grown by more than 37% since 1995, topping 117,000 rooms last year.

Passengers using Orlando International airport increased by more than 72% over the period, reaching 38.8 million in 2015.

Visit Orlando president and chief executive, George Aguel, said: “Reaching more than 66 million visitors to Orlando is an amazing accomplishment for our tourism community.

“This new milestone and rapid growth over the past two decades is a result of having a tourism industry and community partners that are focused on growth and investment, dedication to the needs of our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies.”