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What is the Value of Corpus Christi Tourism (and Why Does It Matter?)


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"What’s there to do in Corpus Christi?"  

When visitors come to our city of Corpus Christi, replies to this question can make or break their impression of our community. If you want visitors to come back again — and say fantastic things about Corpus Christi to others who might come, too — knowing what there is to do and see make all the difference.

That means offering experiences to see and do in the Gulf Coast Capital that are either unique, local, or just plain amazing. Having effective, community-driven pride through #CCME aims to give visitors an authentic, high-quality experience in Corpus Christi that they will remember for years to come.

Economic Impact of Tourism in Corpus Christi 


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Tourism is the second largest industry sector in Corpus Christi and is critical to our local economy. Visitors support businesses, jobs and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Visit Corpus Christi is committed to driving the region’s economic recovery through tourism.


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Corpus Christi is the most visited regional destination with over 10.61 million visitors  annually. Not only do visitors come to explore, they come to spend money in our local businesses, hotels and restaurants. Corpus Christi tourism contributes more than $1.5 billion  into our local economy, generating funds that help build a better place for us to live, work and play. Tourism employs more than 24,000 people in Corpus Christi, with the hospitality industry being one of the largest sectors in the city. Corpus Christi tourism is  identified  as the 2nd  largest industry for community economic development, and generates 26% of sales tax collections for the city of Corpus  Christi.  


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Corpus Christi visitors who come to explore our Gulf Coast Capital look to find our unique offerings, such as dining at Doc’s Seafood and Steaks while watching the Laguna Madre sunset, taking their families to experience the Texas State Aquarium, or order oysters on the half shell at Water Street Oyster Bar.

The percents of revenue come from visitors. The amount of sales tax revenues paid annually by visitors is enough to cover 40% of the police and 30% of the fire departments budget, or, to even completely build 26 miles of Corpus Christi roads every year. This in turn, means our Corpus Christi community would not have these amazing attractions and restaurants if there were no tourism in Corpus Christi.