Tourism

Tourism Industry Continues to Grow

Visitors traveling to San Bernardino County for recreation and business generate revenue and jobs for the local economy. Hotels, shops, restaurants, recreation areas, and entertainment venues benefit substantially from the tourism market. Moreover, residents benefit from tax revenue generated by visitor spending. This indicator measures visitor spending on accommodations, food, recreation, retail products, and travel arrangements, as well as tax revenue generated within the county from visitor spending. Travel industry employment is also measured.

San Bernardino County for recreation and business generate revenue and jobs for the local economy.

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Visitor Spending and Tourism-Related Tax Receipts

San Bernardino County, 2004-2018
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Visitor spending, tax receipts and employment continue to grow: 1

  • In 2018, visitor spending totaled $5.3 billion, which represents 13% growth in visitor spending since 2004. Over the same period, inflation was 34%.
  • Tourism-related tax receipts have increased in step with spending, growing to $399 million in 2018 from $240 million in 2004. This is equivalent to $183 per resident, which was the lowest per capita tax receipts among the southern California counties compared.
  • Employment in the tourism industry has grown steadily over the past eight years, reaching 55,000 jobs in 2018.
  • San Bernardino County’s share of total California tourism earnings is 2.1%, the same as in 2004.

Per Capita Tourism-Related Tax Receipts

County Comparison, 2018
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Tourism Employment

San Bernardino County, 2004-2018
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1Historical data have been updated based on revised source data. Therefore, the data presented are not comparable with prior Community Indicator Reports. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI Inflation Calculator (January 2004 to January 2018).