Visitors Spend Over $15 Billion Throughout Orange County

Anaheim, CA (July 20, 2023) – Visit Anaheim, the official destination organization for Anaheim, announced a record breaking year for visitation in 2022. According to Tourism Economics, the landmark year welcomed 24.9 million visitors to Anaheim and visitor spend exceeded previous years at $15.7 billion across Orange County. Visitor expenditures extend across a variety of sectors including lodging, entertainment, dining, and shopping.


In 2022, Anaheim visitors spent over $6 billion throughout the city, demonstrating an 11.9 percent increase compared to a pre-pandemic year in 2019. Anaheim also witnessed a steady visitation increase of 2.9 percent in 2022 compared to 2019.


“Anaheim is proud to serve as the epicenter for tourism in Orange County which delivers great economic benefits for the entire county,” said Jay Burress, President & CEO, Visit Anaheim. “The fact that 2022 heralded in a milestone year underscores the successes of destination development projects and recovery strategies that have put Anaheim top of mind for visitors looking to plan a vacation. The increase in visitor spending also demonstrates the resiliency of our local tourism industry.”


Anaheim hosted 71 conventions last year, which included welcoming back some of Anaheim’s largest conventions: NAMM, WonderCon, Natural Products Expo West, VidCon, and more. These conventions brought in a $1.1 billion economic impact to the city, which touches several aspects of the industry including supporting 63,000 tourism jobs across the convention center, theme parks, restaurants, shops, and hotels. The city ended 2022 with an average occupancy of 74%.  


“The future is bright for Anaheim; with continued developments at the Disneyland Resort, ocV!BE set to break ground this year, and many more projects in the works, we anticipate Anaheim tourism to continue to positively contribute to the economic vitality of the region in the years to come,” said Burress.


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