Laura Perdew

Vice President, Irvine Chamber



Visitors Contribute Nearly 600 Million Dollars to the Local Economy in 2015

Irvine, Calif. May 2016 - Destination Irvine released statistics from the 2015 Visitor Impact report conducted specifically for Irvine. In 2015, traveler expenditures for Irvine came to an estimated $589 million, an increase of 13 percent over 2014, far exceeding the rate of growth in preceding years with lodging sales in Irvine growing by 20.8 percent. The travel industry contributed $33 million in local and state taxes.

Tourism has the ability to empower local communities by driving economic development and revitalization; making the destination a better place to both live and work." said Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta.

The travel industry supported 5,790 Irvine jobs and was responsible for adding $209 million in wages to the local economy.

It is estimated that without visitor spending, resident households in Irvine would each pay $390 more a year in state and local taxes.

Irvine's major visitor spending categories are as follows:

Spending Categories Percent of Total Spending Spending in Irvine
($ Millions)
Food & Beverage Services                28%                 $165
Accommodations                              27%                 $160
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation       20%                 $121
Retail                                              18%                 $106
Transportation                                  7%                  $42
Total Spending in 2015                  100%                 $589

"The economy of the city is further enhanced by Destination Irvine's sales and marketing efforts. Through strategic efforts, tourism spending is sustained, resulting in an increase in economic impact to the community," said Scott McCoy, General Manager, Irvine Marriott and chair of the Irvine Hotel Improvement District. "Irvine's 16 hotels partner with the organization to aid in the branding and promotion of the city as a preferred overnight destination for groups, sports events, leisure visitors and business travelers."

Statewide, travelers spent a record $122.6 billion. 2015 was the sixth consecutive year of growth for the California tourism industry.

These numbers are estimates from the Irvine Visitor Impact Report, Calendar Year 2015, 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.
The full report can be viewed at

About Destination Irvine
Under the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit 501(c)6, Destination Irvine, funded by a self-imposed assessment through a Hotel Improvement District (H.I.D.), positions Irvine as a destination for visitors, meetings and groups. Destination Irvine through direct sales efforts including database marketing, lead generation, trade show participation, and familiarization tours, sells the destination. In addition, Destination Irvine promotes Irvine through marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.