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Tourism in the Coachella Valley

June 25, 2023

Visit Greater Palm Springs has released its latest Economic Impact Report, for tourism in the year 2022. Tourism is the Coachella Valley’s largest industry, supporting 1 in 4 jobs in the area, according to Visit Greater Palm Springs.

The newest report reveals record-breaking numbers in visitor spending last year, for a total of $7.1B. The report shows a total of 14.1M visitors came to greater Palm Springs in 2022, which is significantly more than the year prior, and roughly the same number of visitors as pre-pandemic 2019. This suggests post-pandemic recovery is here, much sooner than some experts predicted.

The lodging and recreation industries experienced the highest percentages of growth, at 29.6% and 27.5%, respectively. According to the Economic Impact Report, visitation remains largely dominated by domestic visitors, with 97.6% of visitors being domestic. Of the 14.1M total visitors, 53% were day visitors while 47% were overnight visitors.

According to the report, in 2022, “The direct visitor spending impact of $7.1 billion generated a total economic impact of $8.7 billion in Greater Palm Springs in 2022 including indirect and induced impacts. This total economic impact sustained more than 49,000 jobs and generated $812 million in state and local tax revenues in 2022.”

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Information Courtesy of Visit Greater Palm Springs