According to Visit California, travel and tourism expenditures totaled $117 billion in 2014 in California, supporting jobs for 1,013,000 Californians and generating $9.5 billion in state and local tax revenues. The CEO of the non-profit organization with a mission to develop and maintain marketing programs in partnership with the state's travel industry said that the new job numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics show that California led the nation in job growth during 2014.
Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta said in a statement that California’s leisure and hospitality sector contributed to the growth by adding 67,900 seasonally adjusted jobs from January 2014 to January 2015, more than any other state.
“California’s strong tourism economy is propelling our state forward. The leisure and hospitality industry is one of the state’s top employers, providing a diverse range of jobs and opportunities for Californians across the state and at all socioeconomic levels.
“Today’s news confirms what we already know: Attracting visitors to the Golden State is paying off. California must continue to reach potential visitors around the world so that all Californians can continue to benefit from increasing travel spending and growing job opportunities in our state.”