LA Could Take Major Tourism Hit Courtesy of El Niño

The El Niño storms have yet to come but just the threat of torrential rain and floods this Winter has many Tourist rethinking their vacations plans to Southern California.

According to a study from ‘Switchfly, 60 percent of Americans are planning to cancel their travel plans to the Golden State during this winter’s stormy weather. 

The study also found that near 25 percent surveys would definitely cancel their plans to come to California if El Niño storms pan out later this year or in early 2016.  Some 37 percent would consider other options to travel.

Men over 65 seem to be the biggest risk takers. The tech company research found 50 percent of men over 65 said they would still travel to California, and only 17 percent would cancel existing plans.

While local ski resorts could certainly benefit from heavy snowfall this winter,  tourist attractions such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and other outdoor venues seem to be the most at risk.  After all, who wants to stand in line at an amusement park in the pouring rain. Not me!

Forecasting El Niño remains a tricky thing.  But experts at the Climate Prediction Center now say thiere is a 95 percent chance that El Nino will continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-2016, gradually weakening through spring.

It’s no secret we who live here in Sunny Southern California love our weather and like to brag to our friends in other parts of the country just how great it is.  But with the threat of El Niño looming people all over the world are wondering should they still come to Los Angeles this winter.

Dorinz from Israel recently wrote on Tripadvisor (See Photo) “Do you think this winter is going to be harder than usual?”- “ and the bottom line – do you think we should cancel our plans?”

I say NO.  If the heavy rains do come in January during your planned trip, we have plenty of great indoor venues and world class museums to enjoy.  If the rain doesn’t come during your visit,  think just

How empty all the amusement parks will be because so many others decided to stay home.

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