[ No headline ]

Tourists who pour into Florida for a firsthand look at the space shuttle are lifting the state's economy into orbit.

A record crowd estimated at 750,000 people gathered last Monday for the third launch of the Columbia. ''We had record days for Orlando's tourist attractions around the time of the launch,'' says Bonnie Manjura, tourism development director for the Orlando Chamber of Commerce.

Orlando is 50 miles from the Kennedy Space Center. Thousands of people jammed into the central Florida city's hotels during the days before the launch. ''A lot of people came down early for their vacations or stayed later to see the launch,'' she says.

The space center itself is a tourist magnet. It hosted more than 2 million visitors in 1981, 400,000 more than in '80, making it the fourth-most popular attraction in this attraction-packed state.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK