Orlando businesses are thrilled that numbers show Brazilians coming to the city are increasing.
In January GOL Airines announced daily flights to Orlando and Miami. Latam airlines also announced two new flights from Brazil to Orlando.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) says it will set a new record this year for scheduled seats between the airport and Brazil with 486,000, breaking the previous record of 361,000, which was set prior to Brazilian’s economic downturn.
In 2015, Brazil had edged out the United Kingdom to become Orlando’s second largest international market, just behind Canada. However, Brazil numbers declined when the economy went through a turbulent time.
“With the recent additional seats from Brazil, the projected economic impact for 2018 is nearly $1 billion, up 111 percent from 2013, said Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Airport Authority.