Why Travel Matters in Oxnard, California
Oxnard benefits from the spirit of travel, which permeates through small businesses, unique landmarks and all those who welcome residents and visitors alike with a smile and hospitality.
We pass popular tourist sites like Channel Islands Harbor every day; we may not even think of how it supports our community. But in tandem with our local agricultural businesses, the Harbor and other tourist sites like Heritage Square, Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, and Henry T. Oxnard Historic District are the backbone of Oxnard. These places define our community, provide our families with jobs and have given us—and thousands of annual visitors—a lifetime of memories.
Visitor spending generated $5.5 million in transient occupancy tax last year, up from $3.3 million in 2011, providing a stream of revenue in Oxnard to fund the community’s way of life including support of essential programs, such as public safety, infrastructure and parks.
Travel matters, and it improves Oxnard in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on Oxnard residents. Travel supports thousands of travel-related jobs in Oxnard, and it also has an impact that we do not always see: travel can strengthen families, foster hometown pride, and build bridges that connect us with one another.
Travel Matters to America
At the national level, travel is critical to the U.S. economy and American jobs. As a leader in workforce development and career advancement–travel creates and supports 15.8 million jobs across the U.S.–making it the seventh-largest private sector employer. In 2019, traveler spending generated $180 billion in total tax revenue, including $12.2 billion in revenue to the State of California and local governments, supporting a host of critical resources.
Travel is powerful for cities and states, and Oxnard is no exception. Just read our press release with Ventura County-specific economic impact numbers.
Travel Matters to California
Statewide, 2019 marked a record 10 years of travel-related economic growth for the State, further signaling the steady influence tourism has had on California’s economy for the past decade.
Visitors to California spent $144.9 billion in 2019, a 3.2 percent increase over 2018. The number of travel and tourism jobs increased to 1.2 million last year, an additional 13,000 jobs. Travel-generated tax revenue also grew for the 10th straight year, providing $12.2 billion to State and local governments, a 3.4 percent increase over 2018.
“The data show just how vital tourism is to the California economy and why it must be restored when we control and ultimately overcome this deadly outbreak,” said Caroline Beteta. “When that time arrives, we’ll be calling on Californians to become the main drivers of recovery by traveling in the state, shopping locally and visiting local restaurants, wineries and attractions. California has led the nation in its response to the health crisis, and it will lead the economic comeback.”
When the time is right, the travel and tourism industry will be integral to our nation’s recovery—for the economy and American jobs. But it is the spirit of travel that will heal our country’s morale.
Here are ways to get involved:
- Contact our Congresswoman, Julia Brownley, and tell her why travel is important to Oxnard.
- Get social and engage with the #SpiritofTravel hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Share how travel matters in your community.