Tourism Economic Impacts

Since our inception in 2009, Visit Oceanside has been a leader in giving back to community improvement both as an organization directly and through the revenue that our marketing efforts bring into the city and the region.

Visit Oceanside supports programs that improve our quality life, protect our environment while generating important economic development opportunities for our community that positively impact our quality of life. It’s our goal to grow the organization responsibly in order to diversify and develop new market opportunities that positively impact tourism throughout the year, mid-week, while maintaining its authenticity. This provides important tax-generating revenues throughout the year versus adding more leisure in the summer months.


$382 M

6% Increase over prior year


$27.5 M

State and Local Tax Revenue



Hospitality Jobs

When a visitor chooses to stay in a hotel, vacation rental or AirBnb for 30 days or less in Oceanside, they are assessed an occupancy fee which varies between 11.5% and 12.5% based on the type of lodging. 10% called Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) goes directly to the City of Oceanside’s General Fund while 1.5% – 2.5% called Oceanside Tourism Marketing District Assessment (OTMD) funds the direct operation of Visit Oceanside, a non-profit Destination Marketing Organization which also runs the California Welcome Center – Oceanside. Additional state and local taxes are generated from general visitor spending on restaurants, retail and attractions while they’re in market.

Oceanside Travel Related Spending Graph
History of Travel Spending Graph

Current, Ongoing, and Upcoming Programs and Projects Supported by Tourism Dollars

Beach Facilities Improvements

Oceanside Beach Facilities

Coast Highway Vision Plan

Coast Highway Vision Plan

Cultural Arts District

Oceanside Murals Artist Alley

El Corazon Aquatics Center

El Corazon

Quiet Zones

Amtrak Train Surfliner

Sand Replenishment

Pier View South Beach Lifeguard Tower