The most recent Anaheim visitor statistics from Visit Anaheim show the Resort District is off to a strong start in 2018, with visitor volume and spend pacing ahead of 2017.
An estimated 1.8 million visitors came to Anaheim in January 2018, representing a 4.8% increase over the previous year. Visitor spending throughout Orange County pumped nearly $670 million to the local economy – a 7.5% increase in spending over January 2017.
These monthly visitor statistics illustrate the positive impact and opportunity tourism on Anaheim and the county as a whole – contrary to the claims of critics. Revenue generated from tourism leads to an increase in non-exportable jobs, small business success, and contributions to the city’s general fund that is funneled to police and fire departments, libraries and maintenance for local parks. Indeed, as a recent city budget workshop made clear, TOT revenue continues to rise, while sales and property tax revenues are flatlining.