San Andreas, CA — Tourism is up in Calaveras County, according to the latest statistics released by the local visitor’s bureau.
Calaveras County Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Lisa Boulton gave her annual report to the Board of Supervisors this week, and noted that visitor spending in 2017 was $193-million, an increase of 2.4-percent from 2016.
Calaveras continues to be a growing region when it comes to many things like winter snow activities, fun on the water during the summer, and year-round wine tasting.
Parsing the numbers, the food service industry accounted for $55.7-million in visitor spending, Lodging was $45.2-million, Entertainment/Recreation was $28.6-million, Gas/Transportation was $23.9-million, Retail was $17.8-million and Grocery spending was $13.6-million.
When it comes to people that have stopped by the Visitor’s Center in Angels Camp to sign the guest book, most domestic tourists are from California, followed by Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Colorado. The most international guests are arriving from Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and France.
Website visitation also increased 29-percent from the previous fiscal year, with most viewers in the 25-44 age range, and seeing slightly more women then men.
This was Boulton’s final annual report to the supervisors, as we reported earlier, she will be exiting the position this summer. Supervisor Gary Tofanelli thanked her for her efforts, stating, “You’ve done outstanding work over the course of the years.”
The Visitor’s Bureau is currently in the process of searching for Boulton’s replacement.