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Guarded Outlook for California Tourism’s Revival After COVID ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ – California News Times

A new empty Avengers campus in Disneyland that opened when the pandemic settled.Courtesy of Disneyland Resort

When COVID-19 closed its business and traveled all over the United States, communities like Anaheim, which relied heavily on entertainment and tourism, were hit hardest. Hotel accommodation taxes, which account for more than half of the city’s budget, plummeted 90% between 2019 and 2020.

Jay Burress, President and CEO of Visit Anaheim, the city’s non-profit tourism agency, said: “It was devastating to our industry and our city.”

With California Resumed on Tuesday, almost full operation, Its travel and tourism industry wants a significant recovery. But experts are softening expectations. Domestic travel will not fully recover until 2023, with the number of foreign tourists, especially from China and Mexico, remaining less than half of pre-pandemic levels. And there will be no full resumption until the big convention comes back — there is no certainty of a big…

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