Oceanside Tourism Council
The Oceanside Tourism Council (OTC) was created in partnership with tourism related business in order to unite the industry in impacting issues that directly affect tourism and visitor spending in Oceanside. The OTC champions tourism issues related sales, public policy, education and marketing.The Mission of the Oceanside Tourism Council is to unite tourism related businesses together in order to generate visitor spending in the City of Oceanside.
Through education and networking, we are promoting Oceanside and creating a visitor-friendly community. The OTC gathers 5 times a year, including the annual Oceanside Tourism Summit, 3 OTC Meetings and annual Tourism Mixer. Please check back for dates and locations of upcoming OTC events.
2016 Oceanside Tourism Summit
April 26, 2016
8:30am – 10:30am
The Power of One
Tourism Brand Launch
You are invited to celebrate tourism in Oceanside and to discover the power of a community when it aligns behind one destination brand message. By working together, united in one voice, we can have a powerful voice in the marketplace.
Additionally, Visit Oceanside President and CEO, Leslee Gaul, will be presenting a State of Tourism address for Oceanside, highlighting major milestones that have taken place over the last year and sharing how tourism has positively impacted the local economy since the creation of the tourism marketing district (TMD) in 2010.
Local Tourism Industry Tools and Resources
2016 Spring Break Report
Plan ahead and get ready for the influx of visitors that will be coming to Oceanside this year during Spring Break. This snapshot of the 2016 Spring Break Report includes the date range for scheduled spring breaks from elementary and high school districts across the United States. The report also includes a breakdown of specific vacation time frames by regions of the top feeder markets for our area, including: Arizona, Southern California, Utah and Nevada.
Please note that this research was conducted by Smith Travel Research and purchased by Visit Oceanside for the use of its partners. Due to this agreement, Visit Oceanside is able to provide this valuable information on a limited basis.
Easter Holiday: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Spring Break Range: March 5- April 17, 2016
Click to view the 2016 Spring Break Report for Oceanside.
Bi-Weekly Oceanside Event Calendar
Oceanside is the home to wonderful events year-round, ranging from surf competitions to art exhibits and large city wide events- there is always something going on. Please check the Calendar of Events often for the most current event information.
As a resource for our partners, Visit Oceanside creates bi-weekly event calendars to share with your staff and guests so everyone knows what is happening around town. The calendars are a great way to serve as a local ambassador to your visitors, but to also assist you in staffing needs and increasing length of stay. If you do not already receive the event calendars and tourism updates from Visit Oceanside, please email Cerina De Souza and you will be added to the OTC Industry List.
Download and print the latest Oceanside Event Calendar: May 4 – May 17, 2016 Event Calendar.
The Visit Oceanside team is working on several marketing campaigns for the upcoming season. If your business provides:
- Bike-Friendly Services and Offers
- Military Monday Discounts
- Mid-Week Specials and Events
- Rainy Day Friendly Activities
- Valentine’s Week Specials
Please share your events and specials with us for inclusion within our marketing efforts. Click here to Share Your Promotions and Offers.
Downtown Oceanside is growing and changing with the new developments and construction projects that are underway and planned over the next several years. To assist visitors coming to Oceanside, the City of Oceanside has created a Downtown Oceanside Parking Map (As of June 2015) to show what areas are available for parking and to clarify the hours and cost for each parking lot.
Oceanside Valentine’s Week
Oceanside will be hosting its second annual Oceanside Valentine’s Week (OVW) from February 2-14, 2017. The celebration will bring together businesses, attractions and community members for exciting Valentine-themed activities and promotions that include events, exhibits, performances, tours, dining specials and hotel packages. Committee meetings are held monthly to discuss updates and marketing strategies. For businesses looking to participate in the event, please email Leslee Gaul for more information.
Click here to download the official OVW Fact Sheet and logos.
Click here to download the official OVW flier listing all events and activities.
Citywide Events in Oceanside
Oceanside is home to several Citywide events, bringing hundreds of people into our community for a particular event. Our goal is to welcome the visitors into our community and make them feel welcome during their stay. Please print and post the Welcome Sign in your store front in the days leading up to the event.
Upcoming Citywide Events include, but are not limited to:
- IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon
- Beach Soccer Championships
- Race Across America
- Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro
- Bike the Coast- Taste the Coast
- O’side Turkey Trot
Click here for printable list of Citywide events impacting room nights. (PDF)
Do You Want To Reach Visitors? If yes, then you need to partner with Visit Oceanside. As the official tourism marketing organization for Oceanside, it is the mission of Visit Oceanside to bring visitors to Oceanside and to assist them in having the best possible experience while they are in town.
Visit Oceanside has a variety of advertising opportunities available to local businesses, including the Oceanside Visitor Guide, California Welcome Center- Oceanside, Oceanside Event Calendar and more… Click here to review all available advertising opportunities.
Community Information and Updates
Coast Highway Corridor Study
In 2009, the City of Oceanside adopted the Coast Highway Vision and Strategic Plan. This plan serves as a blueprint for the revitalization and enhancement of the Coast Highway corridor between Harbor Drive in the north and Buena Vista Lagoon in the south. The Vision and Strategic Plan includes several recommendations to transform Coast Highway from an auto-oriented thoroughfare into a “complete street” that serves all modes of transportation from automobiles to pedestrians to bicyclists and transit vehicles.
The City of Oceanside is now embarking on an effort to study and begin the design process for the street enhancements and changes proposed as part of the Vision and Strategic Plan. This effort, called the Coast Highway Corridor Study, will assess existing and future transportation conditions along the corridor and on surrounding streets in order to identify the preferred approach to implementing the recommendations contained in the Coast Highway Vision and Strategic Plan.
The study effort will focus on assessing projects that are consistent with the Vision and Strategic Plan and address the needs of the community through:
- Improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure with a focus on safety and comfort
- Enhancing access to transit
- Modifying the roadway with improvements such as roundabouts to improve traffic flow
- Improving parking access to businesses along the corridor
- Encouraging economic development through improvements in mobility and the public streetscape
Click for more information about the Coast Highway Corridor Study.
Click here to read an article by Smart Growth America on the proven, positive economic impact to small businesses and restaurants when infrastructure changes are made.
- View a recap from the 2015 Oceanside Tourism Summit– “It’s All About You!”
- View the 2013-2014 Annual Report and message from Visit Oceanside President and CEO, Leslee Gaul.
- Enjoy a recap and watch the videos from the 2014 Oceanside Tourism Summit.
- View the 2012-2013 Annual Report
- View the 2013 Oceanside Tourism Summit Video. Watch Now!
- View the 2013 Oceanside Economic Impact Study
- View the 2009 California Welcome Center Economic Impact Study
- View the 2009 City of Oceanside Economic Development Presentation