Irvine is a popular travel destination in Southern California, and the numbers agree; recent studies show that nearly a half a billion helped the cities economy. and, this helps travelers as well, who can find discounts and great prices on events and attractions to enjoy on their getaway.

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For those living in Irvine this helps their thriving community because it not only adds over $26 million to local and state taxes; it helps the city support local programs.

Tourism does help local economies by support job grow and stability, which is much needed in these times of uncertainty. With tourism, residents in Irvine could end up paying over $300.00 more a year in state and local taxes according to Wendy Haase, Director Tourism Marketing, Destination Irvine.

When you look at the numbers you realize that the biggest spending benefited the Food and Beverage Services; with 28% of spending equaling $133.4 million in revenue. Lodging and accommodations can in second with 23% of spending equaling $108.2 million in revenue. Arts, Entertainment & Recreation was just slightly below this with $105.2 in revenue, and Retail Sales did well with $90.9 in revenue. Surprisingly to some, transportation was the lowest on the list with 8% of spending equaling $38.9 million in revenue.

This is true for cities across the nation and around the world. Without visitors exploring the attractions and sites; funding to support these destinations is lost.

What does this mean for travelers? With exciting packages and discounts offered weekly around the country you have more choices for planning your getaway. And, with these choices often come the benefits of extra perks.

What To Do While Visiting Irvine

So, while your saving money on your visit to Irvine you'll have more time to enjoy the local festivities like the Saint Paul's Annual Greek Food Festival that takes place the weekend of June 24 - 26. Taking place at Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, located at 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, admission is a low price of only $3.00, and children under 10 FREE as are Seniors 65+ on Saturday from Noon -5:00 PM.

Also taking place in Mid June (18 - 19) is the Annual Great American Irish Fair and Music Festival at the Irvine Meadows / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Located at 8808 Irvine Center Dr., this event will include 2,000 performers and 1,000 Irish dancers, performing in the 16 entertainment areas. Also performing will be 10 big Irish bands including; The Fenians, The Dublin 4 and the Sligo Rags. Along with all the music you'll find plenty of shops with arts and crafts, and other entertainment to enjoy.

Free for Art Lovers, with the exception of parking of course, a collection of select pieces from the OC Fair's Permanent Art Collection of award-winning visual arts entries are on exhibit in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery in Terminal A of the john Wayne Airport, and in art display cases across from the Oasis Grill & Sky Lounge. The OC Fair Permanent Art Collection consists of fine art, photography and woodworking entries submitted by Orange County artists in the OC Fair's annual Visual Arts competitions.

Plan Your Trip

To plan your trip to Irvine, California call the Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau at 1-877-478-4637 or

To learn more about events and attractions throughout California, visit the California Travel and Tourism Commission for packages and to order a Free Vacation Guide at www.

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To learn more about the economic impact of tourism in Irvine you can find more details in the Irvine Visitor Impact Report, Calendar Year 2010 at