Visit Anaheim targets foodies & families on Canadian roadshow
Pepe Avila, CTA Director, Tourism Development

Visit Anaheim targets foodies & families on Canadian roadshow

TORONTO — Visit Anaheim stopped in Toronto yesterday as part of its four-city Canadian roadshow. Bringing along 25 different partners, including hotels and transportation services – many visiting Toronto for the first time in Toronto – Visit Anaheim shared the latest news coming out of the destination with media and industry partners.

In 2015 Anaheim welcomed 22.5 million visitors, 2.7 million of those were international, an increase of 6.6%. Charles Harris, Senior VP of Marketing for Visit Anaheim, said Canada is an extremely important market for Anaheim, noting that he and his team are “committed to educate and inspire” Canadian agents and the Canadian trade on Anaheim’s vast offerings. Weather wise, Anaheim will appeal to Canadians year round with its Mediterranean weather, allowing visitors to enjoy the beach no matter the time of year.

Located in the heart of the O.C., halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Anaheim is home to the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, appealing to sports fans all over. Of course, its major attraction is the world famous original Disneyland Resort, which is rolling out three new nighttime attractions in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Diamond Celebration. Meanwhile, Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s first theme park, is debuting a new ride, Voyage from the Iron Reef.

Anaheim has no shortage of hotel offerings, with 25 different hotels either just opened, planning on opening or having met approvals for expansions and builds, which will increase the city’s accommodation offerings. Four 4 Diamond hotels have been approved to open, which will increase the diversity of hotel product.

Foodies will be delighted with Anaheim’s vast foodie offerings. Named the #2 destination for foodies in the U.S., the city is home to 12 award-winning craft breweries, an area called Little Arabia with authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, and Little Saigon where, according to Tania Weinkle, Visit Anaheim’s Communications Director, “the best pho can be found.”

Foodies also should not miss out on visiting the Anaheim Citrus Packing House, a food hall reminiscent of the great public markets of South America and Europe. The two-level Packing House features a large central atrium with communal dining and is surrounded by cafes and kiosks of varying sizes. Visitors can find everything from authentic Mexican tacos to a secret speakeasy, which is popular with locals and tourists alike.

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