California Statistics & Trends

Economic Impact of Travel in California

Projected 2015 Highlights (source: Dean Runyan Associates)

  • Total direct travel spending in California was $122.5 billion in 2015, a 3.4% increase from 2014
  • Travel spending in California directly supported 1,064,000 jobs, with earnings of $41.3 billion
  • Travel spending in 2015 generated $4.6 billion in local taxes and $5.3 billion in state taxes

View the complete California Travel Impacts 1992-2015p report by Dean Runyan Associates

View previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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(source: Dean Runyan Associates)

Quarterly Travel Search Trends (nSight)

View the most recent report here: Q3 2015  

View previous reportsQ2 2015Q1 2015, Q4 2014Q3 2014     

Travel & Tourism Forecasts

View the complete 2016 California Travel & Tourism Outlook report by Tourism Economics

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Domestic Travel to California

2015 Highlights (source: TNS TravelsAmerica)

  • Approximately 78% of California's domestic leisure visitors in 2015 were residents of California
  • Top states for in-bound leisure travel were:
    • Arizona (3.3%)
    • Nevada (2.6%)
    • Texas (1.7%)
    • Washington (1.3%)
    • Oregon (1.3%)
    • New York (1.2%)
    • Utah (1.0%)

View the complete 
2015 Domestic Travel to California report 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 previous years: 201420132012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 

International Travel to California

Projected 2015 Highlights (source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce; Tourism Economics)

  • California had 17 million international person-trips in 2015
    • 7.6 million were from overseas origins
    • 7.8 million were from Mexico
    • 1.5 million were from Canada
  • California's top overseas markets in 2015 
    • China (1,160,000)
    • United Kingdom (701,000)
    • Australia (610,000)
    • Japan (525,000)
    • France (441,000)
    • Germany (436,000)
    • South Korea (440,000) 
    • India (286,000)
    • Brazil (230,000)

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Visitors spent a projected $122.5 billion in California in 2015, providing $9.9 billion in state & local tax revenue.
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