Economic Impact of Travel in California
Projected 2014 Highlights (source: Dean Runyan Associates)
- Total direct travel spending in California was $117.5 billion in 2014, a 3.6% increase from 2013.
- Travel spending in California directly supported 1,027,000 jobs, with earnings of $38.1 billion.
- Travel spending in 2014 generated $4.2 billion in local taxes and $5.1 billion in state taxes.
View the most recent report here: California Travel Impacts 1992-2014p, by Dean Runyan Associates
View prior years: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Interactive County Travel Impact Reports
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(source: Dean Runyan Associates)
Quarterly Travel Search Trends (nSight)
View the most recent report here: Q1 2015
View previous reports: Q4 2014, Q3 2014
Travel & Tourism Forecasts
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Domestic Travel to California
California was the destination for a million domestic person-trips in 2013. A person-trip is defined as a visitor trip made to a specific location and does not tally multiple stops within the specified location on a single trip. In previous years, Visit California reported domestic travel in person-stays, which is defined as a visitor trip made to a specific locale within the state, thus allowing a single person to be counted multiple times on a single trip.
2014 Highlights (source: TNS TravelsAmerica)
- Approximately 78% of California's domestic leisure visitors in 2014 were residents of California
- Top states for in-bound leisure travel were:
- Nevada (3.1%)
- Arizona (3.0%)
- Texas (1.5%)
- Washington (1.2%)
- Oregon (1.2%)
- Illinois (1.02)
View the most recent report here: 2014 Domestic Travel to California, by TNS TravelsAmerica
Full year-end reports on travel to and within California by California residents and out-of-state residents include trip characteristics, visitor origins and demographics. These reports have been compiled by D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd.
View prior years: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
International Travel to California
- California had a projected 16.3 million international person-trips in 2014 (source: Tourism Economics)
- 7 million were from overseas origins
- 7.6 million were from Mexico
- 1.6 million were from Canada
- California's top overseas markets in 2014 (source: CIC Research Inc.)
- China (1,022,000)
- United Kingdom (683,000)
- Australia (544,000)
- Japan (557,000)
- Germany (424,000)
- South Korea (417,000)
- France (435,000)
- Scandinavia (264,000)
- India (273,000)
View the most recent report here: Overseas and Mexican Visitors to California, 2013 by CIC Research Inc.
View the 2014 projections here: 2014 California International Visitor Projections by U.S. Dept. of Commerce; CIC Research, Inc.; Tourism Economics
Full year-end reports detailing visitor profiles and trip characteristics of travel to California from top overseas markets and for Mexican air travelers.
View Prior years: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
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