Articles tagged “california”

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.

4 days 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

5 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.

8 months ago

California’s Bullet Train Hangs on Funding From a Democratic Congress

California’s Bullet Train Hangs on Funding From a Democratic Congress

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

High-speed rail in the U.S. feels impossible. Tracks are garbage in the Northeast, Wisconsin rejected its funding, Florida just now made a baby step, and the price tag on all this is shocking. But zipping from San Francisco down to Los Angeles comfortably is too sweet a dream to give up on.

10 months ago

Pot Tourism to Expand Into San Francisco Lounges

Pot Tourism to Expand Into San Francisco Lounges

Paul Elias, Associated Press

All these years after President Reagan, we still crack down on communities of color for nonviolent drug offenses, but now, we make sure that a privileged class of purveyors of the same weed can safely operate tasting rooms for tourists. It's no accident that the lounge referenced here is in "a once-rundown neighborhood that is gentrifying."

1 year ago

How Downtown L.A. Transformed Into a Cultural Destination

How Downtown L.A. Transformed Into a Cultural Destination

Mary Holland, Bloomberg

Like many other neighborhoods in cities around the world, Downtown L.A. no longer resembles its image from your parent's generation and has transformed itself for the better. But some developers are wary that it'll become over-commercialized and lose its character.

1 year ago