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Industry Research

Access the latest market intelligence to inform your business planning.

Lodging Performance

Latest Weekly Hotel Performance (STR)

Latest Monthly Hotel Performance (STR)

Hotel Development

TOT Collection

Tourism Industry Facts - Pre-COVID

  • The visitor industry directly and indirectly employs 199,800 San Diegans.
  • Visitors spend nearly $11.6 billion annually.
  • San Diego hosts nearly 35.1 million visitors each year, and is a top U.S. travel destination.
  • The industry generates $848 million annually in state and local transient occupancy, sales, and property taxes.

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

Overall Industry Performance

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

Travel Industry Forecast

Visitor Profile

The San Diego Visitor Profile Study is conducted every other year to track the characteristics of the market and the traveler. Of the 35.1 million total visitors to San Diego County in 2019, roughly half (17.9 million) stayed overnight in a hotel, a private home, or other accommodations. 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 2023.

State and U.S. Research Resources

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Email requests or questions regarding any of the research to the Planning and Research Department; Niki McDonald at nmcdonald@sandiego.org

Tourism Matters San Diego

The tourism industry benefits San Diego is so many ways— thousands of jobs, billions in economic activity for businesses and millions in hotel taxes that allow the City to keep our communities safe, clean and a great place to live too. That’s why the San Diego Tourism Marketing District’s work in funding tourism promotion is so important. Watch now and find out more about the SDTMD and why Travel Matters to San Diego.

Events

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Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom!

Jul 4, 2022

The Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed...

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Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day

May 30, 2022

The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is one of San Diego's largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to our fighting men and women. On this day we honor all of our fallen soldiers and...

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26th Annual Taste of Gaslamp

Gaslamp Quarter Association
Jun 18, 2022

San Diego’s original tasting tour returns to the iconic Gaslamp Quarter for the Taste of Gaslamp on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Taste of Gaslamp is a scrumptious...

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