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September 1, 2014

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Survey: Orlando passes Las Vegas as top tourist destination

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Las Vegas can no longer pride itself on being the top tourist destination in the United States, according to a new survey.

Vegas had been the country's No. 1 tourist destination in an annual survey of trips booked by travel agents since 2003, but a report released this week found that tourists who were surveyed late late year preferred the family-oriented attractions in Orlando, Fla.

For the first time in seven years, Las Vegas fell to No. 2, according to the annual Travel Trends survey by the Travel Leaders Franchise Group.

The survey was conducted from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18 and asked 521 Travel Leaders officials across the country to compile a list of the top five destinations they booked for customers in 2010. More tourists chose Orlando, Fla., for attractions such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, than Las Vegas.

"Orlando landing at number one shows the remarkable resiliency strength in family-oriented destinations, while Las Vegas appears to still be suffering unfairly from the intense scrutiny associated with last year's spate of canceled conventions," Roger E. Block, president of Travel Leaders, said in a statement.

After Orlando and Las Vegas, an Alaskan cruise; New York City; Maui and Honolulu, Hawaii; Chicago; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles rounded out the top 10.

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