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For much of the last four decades, tourism has been the primary economic driver in Osceola County. That's largely due to the boom in hospitality businesses that populated Kissimmee and all of Central Florida shortly after the Magic Kingdom opened in October 1971, and the continued expansion of the theme parks throughout the Central Florida area including Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando.
Today, tourism businesses employ more than 40,000 residents who tend to the varied needs of approximately 7 million overnight visitors from all around the world each year. Visitor spending also contributes to building and maintaining area schools, libraries, and roads, provides direct support to several community organizations and events each year. Given that, it's no wonder tourism is Osceola County's number one industry.