GCC visitors heading to Southern California for their summer holidays can experience the best brands at fabulous prices – thanks to The Orange County & Middle East travel package from Orange County Visitors Association OCVA


The versatile OC & ME card provides savings across shops, hotels and attractions – as well as VIP passport privileges at leading retail centres, ensuring inbound Middle Eastern guests receive premier personalized shopping services. In all, the card provides up to $2,000-worth of savings


With Orange County home to the highest concentration of fashion designers in the US, it is little wonder high-end, brand-loving Gulf travelers head west for their summer vacations


Venues covered by the card include South Coast Plaza, with its 250 boutiques. It is an all-encompassing entertainment destination with Segerstrom Center for the Arts providing a focal point for arts and culture


New dining highlights include Terrace by Mix Mix from Ross Pangilinan, who combines European and Filipino flavours. Across the county, Halal and Muslim-friendly dishes are widely available


Irvine Spectrum Center has added 30 stores as part of a $200 million makeover. A Luckey Climber sculpture is part-jungle gym and part work of art, filled with 75 plastic colourful platforms for kids to explore


Fashion Island, which attracts 15 million visitors annually and is ranked first on TripAdvisor for shopping in Orange County, recently added three beauty and lifestyle brands (100% Pure, Rituals and Ryu). Alongside luxury boutiques and high-end department stores are upscale restaurants and lounging areas , Disneyland Park in Anaheim is a must-see for families and Walt Disney’s original park is divided into eight themed lands


Leading five-star brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt Regency, are well represented, ensuring you have the most relaxing stays. Other options include the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, which overlooks a championship golf course, while Montage Lobby Lounge is also rated highly


Orange County is a vibrant and exciting destination for travelers from around the globe and particularly the Middle East, which is one of our fastest growing markets,” said Ed Fuller, President & CEO of the Orange County Visitors Association


Orange County’s retail industry is among the best-performing in the US, underpinned by large mixed-use projects and high levels of employment. Demand is driven not only by inbound tourists but also wealthy residents, where house prices are nearing all-time highs


Tourism-related spending in Orange County rose to $21.3 billion in 2017 – with total visitors just shy of 50 million – and tourism jobs have been growing at a rate of around 3 per cent annually , Middle East visitor numbers to the US are projected to top 1.68 million in 2019, according to Statistics data


Connectivity to the US west coast is strong with Emirates flying daily between Dubai-Los Angeles and Dubai-San Francisco, on the airline’s A380s with their onboard shower, premium bar and unrivalled in-flight entertainment


For more details: www.visittheoc.ae

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