Disneyland's "It's A Small World" ride. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Disneyland’s “It’s A Small World” ride. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The city of Anaheim welcomed an estimated 23 million visitors in 2016, breaking its tourism volume record for the fourth year in a row, it was announced Wednesday.

Overall visitor volume in the city known around the world as the home of Disney’s first theme park was up 2.3 percent from 2015 (22.5 million), and nearly 33 percent above 2011 (17.38 million), according to Visit Anaheim, a nonprofit organization that markets the city as a tourist destination.

Anaheim visitors spent 7.2 percent more in Orange County in 2016 than the previous year, contributing $8.1 billion to the local economy, according to the organization, which says total visitor spending has jumped 74 percent over the last five years.

Jay Burress, president and CEO of Visit Anaheim, said 2016 “was a monumental year for our city as we saw renewed commitment from our greater tourism industry to invest in the destination. More hotels were proposed and built, theme park expansion was announced, (the) number of breweries doubled — paving the way for us to welcome even more visitors to our awe-inspiring city.”

More than 1,400 hotel rooms were added in Anaheim and neighboring Garden Grove in 2016.

—City News Service

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