Articles tagged “california”

The California Travel Agency That Is Staying Way Too Busy

The California Travel Agency That Is Staying Way Too Busy

Matthew Parsons, Skift

California was ahead of the curve when it consolidated its travel program in 2010. That decision is paying off during the pandemic as it quickly reacted to housing at-risk healthcare workers, and its effectiveness may prompt other states to follow suit once the crisis passes.

1 month ago

It Was Beach Day for Many in U.S. Despite Coronavirus Death Toll Rising

It Was Beach Day for Many in U.S. Despite Coronavirus Death Toll Rising

Rich McKay and Nathan Layne, Reuters

The problem with the reopenings is that they make backfire and lead to spikes in coronavirus inspections even in states that adhered to lockdowns.

1 month ago

California’s Visitor Economy Disappears as Shelter in Place Takes Hold

California’s Visitor Economy Disappears as Shelter in Place Takes Hold

Brian Melley, Associated Press

With California's 40 million residents told to stay indoors, the few tourists in California are regretting they came.

2 months ago

California’s Wine Country Battles a Perception Issue After Wildfires

California’s Wine Country Battles a Perception Issue After Wildfires

Vivian Ho, The Guardian

California's wine country is proving that sometimes, the perception of a natural disaster affecting a certain area can be more damaging to tourism than the disaster itself.

4 months ago

How the California Wildfires Are Impacting Tourism

How the California Wildfires Are Impacting Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Several years of devastating wildfires have taken a toll on California tourism but have not affected overall visitor numbers. Instead, the fires have changed the way the state markets itself and made it harder for tourism employees to live in California.

6 months ago

California Prohibits Hotels to Use Plastic Toiletry Bottles

California Prohibits Hotels to Use Plastic Toiletry Bottles

The Associated Press

Thus far it's been the guests who are pressurizing hotels to reduce plastic waste. Governments are starting to wake up.

8 months ago

Park Hyatt’s Blade Runner: Knife Concierge Offers Cutting-Edge Service

Park Hyatt’s Blade Runner: Knife Concierge Offers Cutting-Edge Service

Laura Powell, Skift

It’s not enough for the waitstaff at The Argyle Steakhouse in San Diego to pick up on the personalities of their customers. The staff of this high-end Park Hyatt Aviara eatery also has to learn about the personalities of their steak knives.

8 months ago

California Leads U.S. Destinations’ Efforts to Target the Middle East Luxury Traveler

California Leads U.S. Destinations’ Efforts to Target the Middle East Luxury Traveler

Laura Powell, Skift

In the effort to attract high-spending tourists, states often look overseas. That's a good idea — international visitors typically spend more than domestic travelers. But certain international markets present a more complicated consumer landscape than others. That's what Visit California has discovered as it starts wooing more travelers from the Middle East.

11 months ago

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

California Sues Trump Administration Over Canceled High-Speed Rail Funding

Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg

Maybe California’s high-speed rail agency should spend less time suing the federal government over lost grants and more time focusing on cost overruns for the state’s beleaguered bullet train. Rail can be a less-carbon-intensive form of travel, but taxpayer money should be spent wisely.

1 year ago

The Bird Man of Big Sur Helps This Resort’s Guests Connect With Nature

The Bird Man of Big Sur Helps This Resort’s Guests Connect With Nature

Isaac Carey, Skift

Antonio Balestreri's work depends on how well he can educate guests on the role of raptors in the environment, something which gives his presentations a serious edge.

1 year ago

How a ‘Poppy Apocalypse’ Could Turn Into Tourism Gold for a Small California City

How a ‘Poppy Apocalypse’ Could Turn Into Tourism Gold for a Small California City

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Lake Elsinore, California wanted tourists — but not the kind that gridlocked its streets and trampled its mountainsides. The city is trying to learn from intense short-term overtourism to prepare for a more manageable future.

1 year ago

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This California Destination Is on the Forefront of Innovative Meetings and Events

This California Destination Is on the Forefront of Innovative Meetings and Events

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau + Skift

Scientific research has proved the connection between inspirational environments and forward thinking ideas. No wonder visionary meeting planners have embraced Monterey County, where a history of innovation and scenic landscapes collide.

1 year ago