The San Francisco Travel Association reports that San Francisco welcomed 18.01 million visitors last year, an increase of 6.5% from 2013, setting new records for the City By The Bay.
Visitors spent US$10.67 billion in 2014, up 13.7% from the previous year.
“The growth of San Francisco’s visitor industry continued to break records in 2014,” said Joe D’Alessandro, San Francisco Travel president and CEO. “Both visitor spending and the total number of visitors have reached the highest levels ever.”
The tourism industry generated US$665 million in taxes for the City of San Francisco, up 8% from the previous year. The number of jobs supported by tourism rose 13.2% to 87,005 jobs in 2014, with an annual payroll of US$2.67 billion, an increase of 15.9%.
In 2014, there was an average of 150,412 visitors in San Francisco each day. Visitor spending equated to US$29.23 million daily (including spending related to meetings and conventions).
It was also reported that 130,000 people stayed in peer-to-peer lodging such as Airbnb, and cruise ships saw 260,000 passengers embark and debark in San Francisco.