#CBSLAHelps: CBSLA teamed up with the American Red Cross to raise money for victims of the Southern California firestorms. Click Here to donate! You can also text CBSLAHELPS to 75759 to learn more. Celebrity Guests | Full Recap
#CHiPsForKids: We're in Orange County Starting at 11am! Join us at Kawasaki Motors in Foothill Ranch. More Info

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Even with soaring unemployment and a massive budget deficit, the state of California
continues to have a thriving tourism industry.

Visitors to the Golden State spent nearly $96 billion in the Golden State in 2010, up from $87 billion the previous year.

KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens reports the spike comes even as many families are cutting back on their budgets.

Karen Fish, VP of the California Travel & Tourism Commission, says in some ways a weak U.S.economy helps the tourism industry.

“A lot of times, based on the fluctuation of the dollar, [the state] gets the Australians, the Germans, the U.K.,” said Fish.

A jump in tourism spending often leads to a windfall in other sectors, which couldn’t come at a better time as the state struggles with falling revenues.

Direct employment in the travel and tourism industries was up 2 percent in the first quarter of 2011, with nearly 5.4 million jobs directly linked to tourism were created in 2010, while total tourism-related employment was 7.6 million.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Los Angeles

Plan Your Trip

Watch & Listen LIVE