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Tourism Matters in Oxnard, California
As the past year has undoubtedly proven, 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.
Our local agricultural businesses, the Channel Islands 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.
Travel matters, and it improves Oxnard in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on local 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.
In 2020, travel spending generated $680 billion, a 42 percent decrease from the prior year. In 2022 travel activity continued the recovery expansion started in mid-late 2020. By the end of the year, travel output exceeded 2019 pre-pandemic levels of activity by 3%. Direct travel output by resident and foreign visitors was $1,226 billion in 2022. This represents a 24% increase over 2021. When adjusted for inflation (real dollars), spending increased by 16% from 2021 to 2022.
Travel is powerful for cities and states, and Oxnard is no exception. Just read our press release with Ventura County-specific economic impact numbers.
Prior to the pandemic, California was thriving from a record 10 years of travel-related economic growth, further signaling the steady influence tourism has had on the state’s economy. While the tourism industry was especially hard hit by travel restrictions, it is beginning to rebound and recover.
Visitors to California spent $134.4 billion in 2022, a 31.7 percent increase from 2021. The number of travel and tourism jobs increased to 1.09 million. Travel-generated tax revenue also increased, providing $11.9 billion to State and local governments. Visit California’s annual report measuring the economic impact of tourism showed that increased travel spending in Ventura County contributed $1.763 billion to local businesses and added 15,730 local jobs. Increased tourism in Oxnard also provided more than $4.5 million in transient occupancy tax revenues to support essential services and programs in the local community.
“For the first time since the pandemic began, visitors can now take in the full range of only-in-California, unforgettable vacation experiences,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California. “California is a place that welcomes all people and all dreams, and the time to travel here is now.”
Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton and chair of the California Assembly’s Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, added: “Californians have stepped up throughout the last 15 months – sacrificing for public health amid economic hardship for many. Make no mistake, the tourism industry is poised to roar back and reestablish itself as a reliable economic driver and job producer.”
The travel and tourism industry is integral to our nation’s recovery—for the economy and American jobs. It is the spirit of travel that will heal our country’s morale.