California’s multi-billion dollar travel industry is a vital part of the economy at the state and local levels. More than 263 million people traveled in California in 2015, reinforcing the tourism industry as one of the state’s economic success stories, contributing significantly to both the national and state economy.
In 2015, 6.7 million international visitors arrived in Los Angeles, nearly 15% of total visitation, and a 3.4% uptick over 2014. To put this in context, for California overall, international visitors comprise only 6.5% of total state visitation.
Tourism is one of Orange County’s most important industries and is its second largest industry employer after healthcare. The Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau reported that over 47 million people (including 4.3 million international travelers) visited Orange County and spent $11.3 billion in 2015. Visitor counts and spending are expected to continue to increase at a moderate pace though 2016 and next.
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