2019-10-23

Legislative Action Guide - Tourism

California’s travel-related businesses employ 1.14 million Californians, directly representing an increase of 32,000 new jobs compared to the year before, and contribute approximately $5.6 billion in local taxes and $5.3 billion in State... Read more
California’s travel-related businesses employ 1.14 million Californians, directly representing an increase of 32,000 new jobs compared to the year before, and contribute approximately $5.6 billion in local taxes and $5.3 billion in State taxes. The tourism industry is California’s fourth largest employer and fifth largest contributor to the gross state product. Travel-generated employment in 2017 accounted directly for 133,704 jobs in Orange County. While the economic crisis impacted the tourism industry with a decline in jobs and overall consumer spending, Orange County’s tourism industry has since rebounded. Visitor spending in Orange County totaled $12.5 billion in 2017, up from $12.1 billion in 2016 and $11.4 billion in 2015. Read less
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OCBC Policy Advocacy for Orange County Business Council

December 2, 2019

Policy Objectives : Legislation should focus on supporting and protecting the County and State's tourism industry through responsible advocacy working with elected officials, government agencies, and the public.  

Positions OCBC Supports: T-1: Protecting Orange County's tourist... Read more

December 2, 2019

Policy Objectives : Legislation should focus on supporting and protecting the County and State's tourism industry through responsible advocacy working with elected officials, government agencies, and the public.  

Positions OCBC Supports: T-1: Protecting Orange County's tourist destinations as critical to enabling a growing share of Orange County's jobs and economic impact.  

T-2: Encouraging public-private partnerships for increased investment in tourism projects.  

T-3: Encouraging partnerships between visitors' bureaus, convention centers, hotel operators, and economic development leaders to showcase Orange County expansion and growth opportunities to tourists and visiting business leaders.  

T-4: Designation of John Wayne Airport as a Port of Entry by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) so that the federal government is responsible for all costs associated with federal inspection services.  

T-5: Support for ease of access to multi-modal mobility options for tourists and visiting business leaders to reach their destinations.  

T-6: Investment in infrastructure to support leisure destinations and tourism attractions.  

T-7: Government incentives for attracting private investment for dining, entertainment, and lodging establishments.

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