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During this year's IPW convention down in Denver, Colorado, Visit California delivered a series of key updates and findings for travel to California this year.
California continues to be a hot destination year-round, and tourism is booming to the sunny state.
In 2017, more than 273 million visitors came to the state, spending more than $132.4 billion, which represented a 4.8 per cent increase over 2016. The following new developments were presented to attendees at this year’s IPW:
Big things coming to Cali
- International flights into seven gateways, accounting for 25.7 million passengers.
- Investing more than $5 million annually to ensure flights are full
- Installation of a cross-border express bridge: TIJ – SAN
- HWY 1 will be reconnected and back in full operation by September 2019
- Wine tours remain popular, with 12,000 wineries in Napa and Sonoma
- 60 new hotels adding 17,000 rooms throughout the golden state
Perhaps one of the most exciting things to do when visiting California is taking California’s Dream Drive down Highway 1.
With a grand reopening in late summer 2018, visitors can once more embark on an epic road trip that can begin in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Orange County, and span more than 1,000 kilometres of uninterrupted highway that boasts coastal view, redwood forests, and of course, mountains.
And, because no road trip is complete without making a few stops along the way, the Dream Drive lets travellers pass through a series of colourful towns and campgrounds that are packed with restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops just waiting to be explored.
Coming up next
There’s a lot on the horizon for California, and next year, the following developments are taking place:
- May 2019: Sacramento will hold a 150th anniversary celebration to commemorate the Transcontinental Railroad
- Pebble Beach: celebrates its 100th anniversary, and The Lodge at Pebble Beach celebrates its expansion and renovation of guestrooms across all three properties
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim in 2019
- Moscone Center’s $551 million expansion to be completed by Jan. 2019, bringing 504,000 sq. ft. to the convention and exhibition centre
- Chase Center debuts in 2019: 18,000+ seat sports centre
- Oakland Museum of California debuts a new LGBTQ exhibit for its 50th anniversary, on from April 13 to Aug. 11, 2019
- Long Beach Aquarium to open the 29,000 sq. ft. Pacific Visions wing; to include an immersive theatre, expanded exhibits, and new live animal exhibits
- The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens in Los Angeles, 2019
- Terranea Resort celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019
- California’s Highway 49 (The Gold Rush Trail) celebrates 100 years
For more information on the Sunny State visit www.visitcalifornia.com.