SFGate - the San Francisco Chronicle's online portal - has reported on statistics provided in Destination Irvine's 2011 Visitor Impact Report.
According to the article, the City of Irvine's destination marketing organization, which is also a Simpleview client, found that traveler expenditures for Irvine came to an estimated $498.9 million, an increase of 6.4 percent since 2010. The industry contributed $27.4 million in local and state taxes, an increase of 1.3 percent over last year.
"The tourism industry is a vital source of funding for the City of Irvine," said Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing, Destination Irvine. "Visitor spending contributes to maintaining a balanced city budget and high community standards; without it resident households would pay more per year in taxes."