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Industry Research

Tourism is the second largest export industry in San Diego and accounts for one-in-eight local jobs. It is vitally important to the economic health of our region. This research presented here is intended to help you understand the tourism industry and its impact on the region. Information on this page is updated regularly as the latest data becomes available.

Email requests or questions regarding any of the research below to the Planning and Research Department at research@sandiego.org.

Tourism Industry

  • The visitor industry employs directly and indirectly 194,000 San Diegans.
  • Visitors spend nearly $11.5 billion annually.
  • San Diego hosts nearly 35.8 million visitors each year, and is a top U.S. travel destination.
  • The industry generates $940 million annually in state and local transient occupancy, sales, and property taxes.

For more of the facts about the industry, see General Facts and Fast Facts.

Industry Performance

An overview of industry volume and performance, including visitors, spending, attraction attendance, air arrivals, hotel performance and other key industry metrics.

Lodging Updates

Travel Forecast and additional information

Visitor Profile (Latest Study - 2017)

The San Diego Visitor Profile Study is conducted every other year to track the characteristics of the market and the traveler. Of the 35 million total visitors, more than half (18 million) stay overnight in a hotel, a private home, or other accommodations. The summary profile of all overnight visitors, traveling for both leisure and business, from the latest 2017 study is available to the public here.

It is possible to purchase further detail from the study to support your marketing efforts given that the study sample is large enough for your needs and the questions are relevant. The next update to the profile will be available summer 2020.

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Events

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Bike the Bay

Aug 25, 2019

Experience Bike the Bay, a scenic bayside ride, and also enjoy a rare opportunity to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

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US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo

3D Art Expo LLC
Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2019

One of the top 20 "Must See" seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today's 10 Best, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition will return to San...

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San Diego Bayfair

Sep 13 - Sep 15, 2019

San Diego Bayfair's World Series of Powerboat Racing - a family festival tradition for more than 40 years speeds to the finish line.

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