To handle a rise in international passenger traffic, San Diego International Airport has begun construction on a $229 million federal inspection station, set to open next summer at Terminal 2. Rendering courtesy of San Diego International Airport

To handle a rise in international passenger traffic, San Diego International Airport has begun construction on a $229 million federal inspection station, set to open next summer at Terminal 2. Rendering courtesy of San Diego International Airport

California Tourism By The Numbers (2015)

17 million: International visitors to the state

.58 million: Visitors from India and the Middle East

1.1 million: Visitors from China

7.8 million: Visitors from Mexico

13 percent: Portion of international visitors on business trips

Sources: U.S. Commerce Department, Visit California, CIC Research

San Diego International Visitors (2013)

Countries with the highest number of overnight visitors to the local region:

Canada: 443,000

Mexico: 338,000

United Kingdom: 96,000

China: 83,000

Australia/New Zealand: 71,000

Germany: 71,000

Japan: 67,000

Total International: 5.7 million

Source: San Diego Tourism Authority

— It appears the forces dragging down some elements of the local tourism sector are not yet having an impact on international travel to and from San Diego...

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