Tourists visiting Oceanside spent a record $351 million in the North County city in 2017, according to a study released Wednesday.
Data compiled by Dean Runyan Associates and released at the 8th Annual Tourism Summit showed a 10 percent increase from 2016, with visitors directly supporting 3,300 local jobs.
“The end of the recession has certainly helped tourism growth, but even more impactful in attracting visitors to our city is the combination of a flourishing food and craft beer scene, compelling cultural offerings and exciting recreational offerings that continue to push the limits in fun,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside, the sales and marketing organization for Oceanside’s tourism industry
Visitor spending on hotel rooms in 2017 totaled $240 million, generating $7 million in taxes to help support city services, the study found.
The study also noted that the largest portion of visitor dollars are spent on food service, which reflects the popularity of the city’s burgeoning dining scene in recent years.
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