Articles tagged “california”

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.

3 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.

4 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

7 months ago

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

California’s Governor Drops Plans to Connect Los Angeles and San Francisco by High-Speed Rail

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

If done right, California would have embraced high-speed rail. But it had become apparent to many state residents this project was a boondoggle and was not likely to provide the benefits politicians once promised. Perhaps someday, California will try again.

7 months ago

How a Little-Known California Surf Town Hopes to Win Over Luxury Tourists

How a Little-Known California Surf Town Hopes to Win Over Luxury Tourists

Laura Powell, Skift

Upon hearing the names Laguna Niguel and Newport Beach, do you start itching to experience the luxe life in Southern California? Probably so. On the other hand, unless you are from Orange County, the name Dana Point conjures ... well, not much. But a recently formed DMO is looking to put Dana Point on the OC's luxury travel map.

7 months ago

Disney Hikes Prices in California Parks Ahead of Star Wars Opening

Disney Hikes Prices in California Parks Ahead of Star Wars Opening

Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

Over the past couple of years Disney has tweaked its pricing strategy across its parks to reflect consumer demand and with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction opening this summer it has another reason to step up its crowd control planning.

9 months ago

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New Science Says Meeting Planners Should Embrace Unorthodox Venues and Experiences

New Science Says Meeting Planners Should Embrace Unorthodox Venues and Experiences

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau + Skift

New scientific research links getting out of your comfort zone with increased creativity. For meeting planners looking for the next big thing, that means smaller-scale venues and unexpected destinations should be top of mind.

9 months ago

Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Associated Press

It's remarkable that what started as a rule violation turned into a useful app for beachgoers, instead of just a drawn-out fight.

9 months ago

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Forget Silicon Valley, California’s True Hub for Innovation Is a Few Miles South

Forget Silicon Valley, California’s True Hub for Innovation Is a Few Miles South

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau + Skift

It’s no accident that the world’s first music festival, the first TED Talk, and even the Macintosh computer were all born in Monterey County. As a destination, it has a unique blend of natural beauty and a history of innovation that are proven to create collaborative breakthroughs.

11 months ago

Scenic Coastal Highway Reopens in California After Last Year’s Landslide

Scenic Coastal Highway Reopens in California After Last Year’s Landslide

Associated Press

Although the local community in Big Sur managed to make the best of a potential tourism disaster, it's good to know that things are finally back to normal following last May's devastating landslide.

1 year ago