Governor Newsom Touts Tourism Numbers, Prompting Backlash

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has received criticism over a new video in which he said that his state has “record-breaking tourism numbers.” In the video, the governor was suspended above the Golden Gate Bridge while talking about his state. However, many people were quick to pour cold water on Newsom’s statements, arguing that California is facing several issues including extremely high prices, crime, and homelessness. 

At the start of the video, Newsom began by stating that he was on the Golden Gate Bridge, which was an example of the greatness of both America and California. He added that this is not something they could have been prouder of. 

The governor continued by declaring that for the first time in the state’s history, there has been more than $150 billion of tourism spent and that for those who have not yet gotten the chance to visit California, this was the time to do so. 

Many took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to slam the governor for the video, with one person questioning if he was referring to the millions of undocumented immigrants entering the state as tourists. A different user argued that Newsom’s video had been a “weird way” of celebrating inflation, while another claimed that in California, the residency rates have hit an all-time low as people could not wait to leave the state. 

On Sunday, May 5, new data was released by the governor’s office which showed that his state still has the largest market share of tourism in the country, and that travel spending to California was at $150.4 billion last year, a record high. However. critics have stated that the numbers fail to account for inflation.

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