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California Tourism Facts and Figures

Projected 2015 Travel Impacts (source: Dean Runyan Associates)

  • Total direct travel spending in California was $122.5 billion in 2015, a 3.4 percent 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

Projected 2015 Person-trips
(sources: Tourism Economics; US Dept. of Commerce)

  • 257.9 million total person-trips
    • 209.8 million leisure
    • 48.1 million business
  • 240.9 million domestic person-trips
  • 17.0 million international person-trips
    • 7.6 million were from overseas origins
    • 7.8 million were from Mexico
    • 1.5 million were from Canada

Projected 2016 Growth 
(sources: Tourism Economics; US Dept. of Commerce)

  • Total visitation for 2016 is forecasted to increase 2.3 percent
    • Domestic travel is forecasted to increase 2.2 percent
    • International travel is forecasted to increase 3.5 percent 
  • Total spending for 2016 is forecasted to increase 2.7 percent
    • Domestic spending is forecasted to increase 2.3 percent 
    • International spending is forecasted to increase 4.7 percent 

California Travel Research Updates

Report Source Date
California Lodging Report STR Inc. 6.2016
Research Dashboard Multiple - See Report 5.2016
     Research Dashboards Archive Multiple - See Report multiple
2015 International Arrivals at California Ports of Entry U.S. Dept. of Commerce; National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) 10.2015
California Airport Passenger Traffic Multiple - See Report 6.2016
California Travel & Tourism Forecast State Tourism Economics 2.2016
Travel Searches by Region - View Previous Reports nsight Q3.2015


Economic Impact of Tourism to California

Report Source Date
California Travel Impacts 1992-2015p Dean Runyan Associates 4.2016
Economic Impact by Senate District Dean Runyan Associates 5.2016
Economic Impact by Assembly District Dean Runyan Associates 5.2016
Build It Yourself Impact Charts and Graphs Dean Runyan Associates  N/A


Domestic Travel Reports

Report Source Date
Domestic Travel to California  TNS TravelsAmerica 2015
Longhaul Domestic Profile  TNS TravelsAmerica 2015
Shorthaul Domestic Profile  TNS TravelsAmerica 2015
CA Resident Profile  TNS TravelsAmerica 2015


International Travel Reports

Report Source Date
2014 California International Visitation and Spending  U.S. Dept. of Commerce; CIC Research, Inc.; Tourism Economics 10.2015
2014 Overseas and Mexican Visitors to CA  CIC Research, Inc. 11.2015
Country Profiles - 26 International Markets  Multiple - See Report Multiple


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