ORLANDO, Fla. —
Beginning on Tuesday, more than 150,000 people will be in Orlando for the annual Gay Days event.
Eyewitness News learned that event organizers are expecting record crowds, and hotels are already booked solid.
Gay Days started 20 years ago as a celebration of gay pride at Orlando’s most famous theme park, but now it is an economic powerhouse that pumps significant money into local businesses.
The Parliament House Resort and Night Club has been planning for the event since November.
“We couldn’t do it if we didn’t start that early,” said Drew Sizemore with the Parliament House Resort.
The hotel caters to gay clients and its 130 rooms are sold out and so are the 950 rooms at the Double Tree near SeaWorld, where most of the events are being held.
For the first time, Gay Days is expecting more than 160,000 people