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Aussie travellers are making Anaheim the happiest place on Earth


The Southern California hotspot welcomed a record number of visitors from ‘down under’ in 2022.

Despite an abbreviated start, Anaheim welcomed a record number of Aussies in 2022.

Aussies have played their part in helping a top American destination celebrate a record-breaking year for visitation.

Anaheim welcomed 24.9 million visitors in 2022, up 2.89 per cent on 2019 figures.

Visitor spend was even more impressive, rising to $US6 billion (AU$8.8 billion), up 11.89 per cent on the 2019 total.

Australians visiting Anaheim in 2022 were made up of 40.6 per cent return visitors, who spent an average of 5.7 days in the city.

With Disney-owned attractions topping the points of interest for Australians, other top places to visit while staying in Anaheim were beaches, shopping, other popular theme park destinations such as Knotts Berry Farm, and popular dining locations.

While Disneyland plays a major role, Anaheim offers so much more to travellers.

Among these were Dana Point, Laguna Beach, The Outlets at Orange, Anaheim GardenWalk, Newport Beach, South Coast Plaza, Universal Studios Hollywood and Fashion Island.

“The fact that 2022 heralded in a milestone year underscores the successes of destination development projects and recovery strategies that have put Anaheim top of mind for visitors looking to plan a vacation,” said Visit Anaheim President & CEO, Jay Burress.

“The increase in visitor spending also demonstrates the resilience of our local tourism industry.”

Anaheim supports 63,000 tourism jobs across its convention centre, theme parks, restaurants, shops and hotels. The city ended 2022 with an average occupancy of 74 per cent.

“The future is bright for Anaheim; with continued developments at the Disneyland Resort, ocV!BE set to break ground this year and many more projects in the works, we anticipate Anaheim tourism to continue to positively contribute to the economic vitality of the region in the years to come,” Burress added.


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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 27 July 2023

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