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2011 VISITOR SPENDING IN IRVINE INCREASES BY 6.4 PERCENT
Visitors Add Nearly a Half Billion Dollars to the Local Economy
“The tourism industry is a vital source of funding for the City of Irvine,” said Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing, Destination Irvine. “Visitor spending contributes to maintaining a balanced city budget and high community standards; without it resident households would pay more per year in taxes.”
Irvine’s major visitor spending categories are as follows:
In addition, the travel industry supported 5,340 Irvine jobs and was responsible for adding $177.3 million in wages to the local economy.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, the travel industry expanded its employment base by 119,000 accounting for seven percent of the 1.6 million jobs created during 2011 - doubling the jobs created by construction and real estate industries combined.
These numbers are estimates from the Irvine Visitor Impact Report, Calendar Year 2011, a tourism economic impact study conducted by Dean Runyan Associates. Dean Runyan Associates also conducts the California Travel Impacts by County reports for Visit California.
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