A Cornerstone of OC’s Economic Strength
One of the most significant economic drivers for Orange County is its vibrant tourism industry, which employs over 140,000 people. According to the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, in 2013 Orange County hosted over 50.2 million visitors with an economic impact of over $13 billion, marking a 3.9% increase in visitor spending over 2017.
Orange County’s tourism industry is cross-cutting, impacting many components of Orange County’s economy. Broken down by category, Orange County’s visitor spending is distributed over the following sectors:
At the cornerstone of Orange County’s tourism industry is the Disneyland Resort, home to Disneyland and California Adventure. The Disneyland Resort’s combined operations employ over 30,000 people making the Walt Disney Company Orange County’s largest single employer.
With tourism related shopping representing approximately one-fifth of all Orange County visitor spending, Orange County is home to several prominent shopping destinations, but none more so than the internationally recognized South Coast Plaza. With over $1.3 billion in annual revenue, South Coast Plaza is the highest grossing shopping center in the U.S. Its 2.7 million square feet of gross leasable space makes South Coast Plaza California’s largest shopping center, allowing it to welcome over 24 million visitors annually.
Orange County is also home to the Anaheim Convention Center which hosts over 1 million attendees annually with delegate spending totaling to $2.5 billion in revenue in 2018. With over 815,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Anaheim Convention Center is the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast.
For more on Orange County’s tourism industry, read:
“Tourism Industry is Economic Powerhouse for OC and CA,” Fox & Hounds
“Welcome to Orange County,” OC Metro Magazine