Corpus Christi ranked No. 53 on the Tourism Sentiment Index’s top 100 most-loved places to visit in the world. The city is located midway along the Gulf Coast and is a favorite for both leisure and business travelers. Corpus Christi’s tourism industry generates $1 billion in economic impact and $30 million in sales tax revenue, making it a significant contributor to the local community and infrastructure.
Brett Oetting, president and CEO of Visit Corpus Christi, expressed surprise at the high ranking in a local interview. The organization’s recent marketing efforts have extended across the United States and into Canada. Oetting noted that there is a lot of positive feedback on social media about Corpus Christi, and many people even plan to move to the area. He also shared that a recent economic study conducted by Visit Corpus Christi found that more people are visiting Corpus Christi than other popular coastal destinations in Texas, such as Galveston and South Padre Island. This is good news for the local economy as visitors eat at restaurants, stay at hotels, and spend money in the area.
Water-related activities beyond building sandcastles on the beach include boating, fishing, kayaking, and bird watching. The city also has several local tourist attractions and restaurants, many of which can accommodate large groups. Business travelers find a variety of outdoor venues, hotel meeting spaces, and unique indoor venues, such as the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, the Texas State Aquarium, and the Art Museum of South Texas. The American Bank Center that offers 400,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including an arena, auditorium, and 27 flexible rooms.