Orange County Tourism Up for the Fourth Straight Year

April 12, 2018
San Clemente

San Clemente

Tourism-related spending in Orange County rose for the fourth straight year to reach a record-breaking $12.5 billion, according to numbers released by the Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA).

OCVA board chairman and Visit Anaheim president and CEO, Jay Burress, announced that an estimated 49 million people visited the county in 2017 — nearly two percent more than in the prior year and more than 11 percent in the past five years, according to the 2017 tourism study conducted by CIC Research, Inc. for Visit Anaheim, which provided the data to OCVA.

OCVA attributes the growth in the county’s tourism economy to numerous factors, including county-wide investments in new tourism product, rebranding efforts by destination marketing organizations representing Orange County cities and strategic joint initiatives aimed at attracting visitors from top international and domestic markets.

International visitors alone accounted for 4.5 million trips to Orange County last year. For more information: Visit the OC and Visit Anaheim.

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