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by Matt Alderton | March 03, 2014
Approximately 44.4 million people visited Orange County, CA., in 2013, up 1.4 percent — or 600,000 visitors — from the prior year, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau announced last week.

All told, visitors to Orange County spent $9.6 billion last year, up nearly 10.1 percent from $8.7 billion in 2012.

“2013 experienced continued strong growth in Orange County’s overnight leisure visitors and spending, which helped to push total visitor sales to $9.6 billion countywide,” Skip Hull, vice president of CIC Research, which compiled the visitors data for Orange County, said in a statement. “This marks a full recovery in visitor spending above the pre-recession peak, even after adjustment for inflation. The Orange County tourism outlook for 2014 indicates continued but more moderate growth.”

Of the 44.4 million visitors to Orange County last year, 18.7 million visited Anaheim, CA, home of Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center.

“The Anaheim resort area continues to benefit from the popularity of Disney California Adventure Park’s recent enhancements, as well as expanded entertainment offerings and new hotel development in Anaheim and Orange County,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.