Temecula, California, May 25, 2019 – The number of people visiting the resort city of Temeculos, which sits just a few miles from Disneyland, has soared by a third in the past five years, according to a report published today by tourism data company VisitorNet.
The increase was the result of the arrival of a growing number of visitors to the city, which has the second highest rate of foreign visitors in the US.
“Temecula is now more popular than Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami and New York City combined, with a visitor count of 2,056,000 last year, a rate of 3,000 per day,” Visitornet said in its report.
The US has the highest number of foreign tourists per capita in the world, with about one-third of the population.
The report also said Temecularis is now one of the most visited tourist destinations in the United States, with more than 13,000 foreign visitors visiting in 2016.
This has led to a significant increase in the number of tourists coming to Temecule and surrounding areas, as well as in the demand for accommodation, food, souvenirs and other services.
“These changes have not only increased the number and quality of visitors, but also the demand,” the report said.
The tourism industry has grown over the past decade, with the number more than doubling over the same period, to more than 2.5 million US tourists in 2019.
“We are seeing an increase in visitors, with over 13,800 foreign visitors, a number that is now greater than the number coming to the United Kingdom and Ireland,” Visiting Director of Tourism and Resorts at Disney World Resort, Tom Wyszynski, said in a statement.
“In Temeculo, the average price of a stay was more than double that of Orlando, Miami, Las Vega, Miami Beach and New Orleans combined.”
Temecuas population has increased by about 20% in the last five years and has doubled in size since 2010, according the report.
“Over the past 10 years, Temecueas tourist population has grown by about 70% and is now the second most popular destination for international visitors, behind Miami,” it said.
Tourism operators in the resort industry, including Disney, have been investing in tourism to meet the demand, with theme parks like Disney World, Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, as of 2016, had an estimated revenue of $16.5 billion, according Visitor Net.
But the industry has faced a lot of criticism over the last few years, with critics claiming the increase in demand for hotels and other attractions was leading to a decline in the value of the property.