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Visitors to Orlando theme parks helped the state reach another year of record number of tourists.
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Florida’s Tourism Numbers Climb In 2016

Florida’s seeing the highest nine-month total number of tourists. So far, 85 million of them have visited the state this year. They came amid federal warnings about Zika in the Miami area, smelly, toxic algae in south Florida, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and two hurricanes.
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The Orange County Convention Center is funded in part by the Tourism Development Tax.

How Do Orange County Leaders Spend The Tourism Development Tax?

When tourists spend a night in Orlando, they pay a tax. It’s a six percent which goes to a fund that helps pay for things like convention centers, sports stadiums and arenas, auditoriums and museums and the marketing of Orlando. It’s a lot of money. And in the next seven years, Orange County is expecting a surplus of the tourism development tax — but how will it be spent?
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