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California Travel-Related Spend & Visitation Forecast (October update)

Tourism Economics

Forecast of visitation and traveler spending in California with a five-year outlook for the state. 


  • Tourism spending in California is on course to reach $137.8 billion in 2022, 95% of the 2019 amount.
  • Travel-related spending from Domestic visitors is expected to recover to 104% of 2019 levels in 2022, while international spending will recover to 58%.
  • Total travel- related spending in California is expected to reach pre-coronavirus levels next year, in 2023.
  • Overall, Leisure travel (person trips) should recover to 93% of 2019 volume in 2022, while Business-related travel will recover to 79%.

Source: Tourism Economics

Total visitor travel spending should reach $137.8 billion in 2022, an increase of 38% over 2021 visitor spending. Total spending for California is forecast to grow to $155.6 billion in 2022, surpassing the previous high of $144.9 billion from 2019.

Tourism Economics

Total visits to California should reach 259.8 million in 2022, an increase of 22% from 2021. California total visitation is expected to increase another 8% to 281.5 million visitors in 2023.

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Tourism Economics

Inbound travel spending increased 202% in 2022, and is expected to reach $16.4 billion, or 58% of 2019 spending in 2022.

Tourism Economics

International visitation to California is expected to increase 115% in 2022 and is to reach 81% of 2019 volume in 2023.

Total Domestic Annual Spending & Visitation

Tourism Economics

Domestic travel spending increased 28% in 2022. It is expected to reach 104% of 2019 levels this year.

Tourism Economics

Domestic visitation is expected to increase 19% in 2022 and is expected to rebound to 100% of 2019 levels in 2023.