Visitors to California will be seeing some of the worst hotel experiences in decades, according to the California Department of Tourism and Culture.
In 2019, travelers will see more than 1.5 million guests leave California for another state after spending more than $300 million at a number of hotels and resorts in the Golden State.
While some are choosing to stay in California for the vacation, others are staying at a host of other hotels and resort chains in the state, with hotels like the iconic San Francisco Bay Area’s iconic Golden Gate Hotel expected to see a drop in occupancy in 2019.
The state is also considering allowing guests to stay at other luxury resorts, including Disney World and the Grand Floridian Resort in Florida, as well as resorts in Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.
In addition to the drop in guests, the number of visitors staying at these hotels and other resorts will increase, according a report from the California Tourism Commission.
In 2019 and 2020, there will be a drop of between 500,000 and 700,000 visitors, and in 2019 there will only be a total of about 500,500 guests staying in California, the report found.
In the year ahead, the state expects about 1.6 million guests will leave California and the number will grow to about 1 million by 2019, the agency reported.
In 2020, the total will be more than 3 million, but that number will drop to just over 2 million by 2022.
The drop in tourism is expected to have a major impact on the state’s economy.
It’s estimated that California’s economy could lose $3 billion annually in 2019 and $5 billion in 2020, depending on whether visitors are staying in the State.