In 2013, the number of Brazilian tourists increased 15 percent from 2012, and there was another 10 percent in 2014.
What can we expect in 2015? Another year of growth, but not in the double digits.
"People think they'll keep traveling," said Daryl Cronk, Visit Orlando's senior director of market research and insight.
A combination of a near-halt in Brazil's economy, political turmoil and a strengthening American dollar are some reasons Cronk forecasts a 7 percent growth in tourists from the South American country.
Cronk updated Central Florida tourism officials about this year's forecast Friday during a Visit Orlando member event at University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
In the last three years, the exchange rate has reduced how much a Brazilian tourist, a demographic that accounts for nearly 18 percent of the total number of international tourists to the region, can do in Orlando.
Cronk said $5,000 Brazilian Reals exchanged to about $2,800 in 2012 and will only be worth about $1,900 today.
While the difference is not enough to stop Brazilian travelers, it will shift their spending patterns.
"It will definitely affect their behavior," he said, adding they might plan shorter trips or opt for cheaper hotel rooms.
Although Cronk said tourism officials will continue to monitor Brazilian visitors, a bulk of his presentation showed Central Florida will have a record sixth year for demand growth.
Part of that forecast increase is directly related to the new attractions springing up around the region.
"I think it's the investment in the industry by all of you in the room," he said.
Upgrades at the region's theme parks, including the wildly popular expansion Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley which opened at Universal Orlando last year, are just among what Cronk credits for driving traffic.
Other new attractions Cronk highlighted include The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds wax museum and Skeletons: Animals Unveiled.
"It's a very exciting time and at this point we see no reason to think the growth will stop in the near future," he said.
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