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

Tourism Economics

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


  • Tourism spending in California grew to $100.2 billion in 2021, 69% 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 only recover to 53%. 
  • Total travel-related spending in California is not expected to reach pre-coronavirus levels until 2023. 
  • Overall, Leisure travel (person trips) could recover to 94% of 2019 volume in 2022, while Business-related travel will recover to 79%.

Source: Tourism Economics

Total visitor travel spending reached $100.2 billion in 2021, an increase of 54% over 2020 visitor spending. Total spending for California is forecast to grow to $136.4 billion in 2022.

Tourism Economics

Total visits to California reached 213.5 million in 2021, an increase of 52% from 2020. California total visitation is expected to increase by 23% to 261.7 million visitors in 2022.

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Tourism Economics

Inbound travel spending increased 3% in 2021, and is expected to reach $15 billion, or 53% of 2019 spending in 2022.

Tourism Economics

International visitation to California increased 41% in 2021 and is expected to reach 63% of 2019 volume in 2022.

Total Domestic Annual Spending & Visitation

Tourism Economics

Domestic travel spending increased 58% in 2021. It is expected to reach 104% of 2019 levels this year. 

Tourism Economics

Domestic visitation increased 52% in 2021 and is expected to rebound to 93% of 2019 levels in 2022.