Two of the most attractive travel destinations in the West Coast of the United States are seeing a greater number of visitors and increased revenue. Coronado Island and Marina Del Rey are two of the prettiest jewels of Southern California, and the bulk of their economic activity revolves around tourism.
A market research study conducted by CBRE Hotels indicates that Coronado and Marina Del Rey continue to capture a nice share of the West Coast tourism market. In the case of Marina Del Rey, located near Los Angeles, the economic activity in 2016 is estimated to have produced more than $430 million; this represents an increase of more than 70 percent since 2012.
In Coronado Island, tourism has extended beyond visitors from nearby San Diego who are visit for just one day. The new focus is on marketing to foreign visitors, particularly those who arrive in San Diego for major conventions but would like to stay at a nicer location.
Marina Del Rey expects to complete various enhancement projects in 2017 and 2018. A new dock was installed at Fisherman’s Village while a splash park is expected to be completed in time for summer. The Yvonne Burke Park will have a new fitness course and Pier 44 will feature new boat slips this year. In 2018, two new hotels will begin construction: the Residence Inn and Courtyard Marriott.
The Coronado Tourism Improvement District is currently engaged in discussion about a project that will beautify the bridge that connects the island with San Diego as well as the docks.