Published on : Friday, June 14, 2019
The Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) announced that Orange County welcomed a record-breaking 50.16 million visitors last year. There was a 1.6 % increase in visitation as compared to 2017 and the visitor spending was 4.2 % higher while country-wide visitor spending stood at more than $13 billion.
Jay Burress, Chairman of the Orange County Visitors Association said that Orange County is such a unique destination, there are gorgeous beaches, world-famous attractions, extraordinary shopping and dining to luxurious hotels. It has the largest Convention Center on the West Coast – Orange County it really does have something for every traveller.
He was excited about reaching the historic milestone of 50+ million visitors that would further help in the creation of more jobs and economic activity for the Orange County.
The combined results of OCVA’s most recent economic impact study and the latest preliminary figures underscore the critical role tourism played in the country’s economy.
In 2017 tourism sustained more than 179,000 jobs making tourism the 7th largest employer in Orange County.From entry level to executive management there were tourism related jobs.
The growth in the tourism-related employment since 2010 is known to outpace the overall job growth in Orange County and in California.
Lisa Bartlett, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors said that as Orange County residents she felt blessed with a wonderful climate and world-class arts & culture, attractions, retail and recreation. It is no surprise that these very same amenities have drawn an incredible 50+ million visitors to their community.
It has unparallel Dana Point Harvor and the customer-favourite John Wayne Airport.