SYDNEY, August 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-San Francisco welcomes a record number of international tourists and adds new flight routes, as California theme parks unveil major new attractions-
California is more popular and accessible than ever, say global online travel agency Jetabroad, as new figures reveal that San Francisco welcomed a record number of visitors in 2011. These numbers are expected to increase after three theme parks opened new attractions this summer, and airlines have announced new routes to the Golden State to accommodate eager travellers.
San Francisco saw a nearly 30 per cent increase in international visitors between 2009 and 2011, for a total of 2.87 million visitors in 2011. Statistics from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries show that 22 per cent of these visitors were Australian, with Oceania serving as San Francisco's third largest overseas market.
The city may see even higher visitor numbers in 2012 as a result of new attractions which opened at three of California's largest theme parks. Disney California Adventure re-opened to rave reviews in June after a 1.2 billion-dollar revamp, and Universal Studios in Los Angeles revealed a groundbreaking 3D Transformers ride. SeaWorld San Diego also unveiled the thrilling Manta roller coaster in May.
New flight routes will soon make San Francisco easier to reach than ever. The super-jumbo Airbus A380 will fly daily between San Francisco International Airport and Hong Kong from this winter, and direct flights to Copenhagen have been announced from April 2013. Jetabroad brings the cheapest flights together in one site, so travellers get the best deal on flights to California.
Darin Walters, MD of Jetabroad, comments: "With so many new attractions and the increasing availability of cheap flights to San Francisco, it's no wonder the city is welcoming more visitors than ever.
"A self-drive holiday in California, from San Francisco to Los Angeles and San Diego, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the most iconic trips anywhere in the world."
Jetabroad (http://www.jetabroad.com.au/) is a Sydney-based, global online flight specialist and travel agency. The best flight options are just a click away with the ability to search, combine and ticket over 450 of the world's commercial airlines. Jetabroad's unique flight search technology allows for bookings in multiple currencies from anywhere, to anywhere else in the world. All inclusive pricing is displayed upfront in Jetabroad's flight results - no extra charges or credit card fees are added at the end of the booking process when completing your online payment.
Based in Chatswood in Sydney's northern suburbs Jetabroad is led by an executive team with extensive international experience in both offline and Internet-based travel and consumer marketing. Supported by a highly skilled team of online professionals and travel consultants they offer an exceptional customer experience at a competitive price.