(GREATER PALM SPRINGS, CA)  Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, has released an analysis of policy restrictions on short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) and their effects in communities relevant to the Coachella Valley. Studies analyzing housing affordability and residential housing development show that STVRs account for only 1% of home value or rent increases (and less than that for seasonal communities like the Coachella Valley). The analysis of the studies also shows that residential development is lower in communities that ban or severely restrict STVRs, negatively impacting housing availability, business investment, and tax revenues over time.  

Additionally, Tourism Economics’ report identified the significant economic impact STVRs had in the Coachella Valley in 2021, accounting for nearly 26% of all overnight visitor spending and supporting 4,649 local jobs. The report also found total STVR visitor spending was $829 million, with a total economic impact of $989 million.  

“Short-term vacation rentals generate a significant economic benefit for the Coachella Valley, supporting a broad range of public services and improving the quality of life for residents,” said Adam Sacks, President of Tourism Economics. “Our research finds that restricting STVRs would inflict serious economic costs on the region, negatively affecting the tax base, the real estate market, and the viability of restaurants and attractions enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.”    

Other key findings: 

  • Nearly 1.3 million visitors stayed in Coachella Valley STVRs, accounting for approximately 23% of total overnight volume in 2021.  

  • The impact of the proposed ban in the City of La Quinta would be 122,000 fewer visitors to the city annually, resulting in 530 fewer jobs and $9.5 million reduction in local tax revenues annually after 10 years.  

  • There are significant losses in total visitor spending in communities that ban STVRs. Across 10 cities analyzed that had STVR restrictions in place for 2 years or more, $377 million in visitor spending in those communities was lost in 24 months after the restrictions were put into effect. 

  • A 2022 study showed there is no relationship between STVRs and crime. 

“This report makes it very clear that short-term vacation rentals play a crucial role in supporting our local community,” said Scott White, President & CEO of Visit Greater Palm Springs. “It is vital that all Coachella Valley cities work with STVR operators and residents on regulations and enforcement that preserve this lodging option and the economic and quality-of-life benefits it brings to our community.” 

Read the full report at https://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/partnerportal/research-reports/

Available for Interviews: 
Adam Sacks, President, Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company  
Davis Meyer, Senior Director of Community Engagement, Visit Greater Palm Springs 

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About Tourism Economics 
Tourism Economics is an Oxford Economics company with a singular objective: combine an understanding of the travel sector with proven economic tools to answer the most important questions facing its clients. More than 500 companies, associations, and destinations work with Tourism Economics every year as a research partner. Tourism Economics brings decades of experience to every engagement to help its clients make better marketing, investment, and policy decisions. 

About Visit Greater Palm Springs 
Visit Greater Palm Springs (Visit GPS) is the official destination marketing organization for the nine-city Southern California oasis of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella. Founded in 1989 with a mission to positively affect the destination’s $7.5 billion tourism economy and quality of life for its residents, Visit GPS provides sales, marketing and PR, and destination development activities to grow visitation from potential leisure travelers and event, meeting, and convention group markets.  


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