tourism

Courtesy of the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau

Solvang city officials opted this week to cut funding for two local tourism marketing agencies. The city council voted unanimously to sever ties with the Solvang Chamber of Commerce and the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Issues & Ideas: Marketing SLO County

Sep 18, 2018
Courtesy of Visit SLO CAL website

San Luis Obispo County has special taxing district dedicated solely to attracting tourism to the area. Visit SLO CAL is a non-profit focused on branding the county as a travel destination for people around the world. KCBX's Greta Mart spoke with Chuck Davison, president and CEO at Visit SLO CAL, about what visitors like about SLO County, what they don't like, and when to draw the line on too much tourism.

Photo from Epoch Estate Wines

We head to Paso Robles for a visit to Studios on the Park, a non profit Arts Center where residents gather under one roof to create and sell art. The North County Arts scene has grown and evolved over the last 30 years, just as the region’s wines and restaurants have made it a popular tourist destination. Carol Tangeman reports.

The Arts Beat is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County.

Greta Mart/KCBX

The Big Sur area has been losing tourism business over the past year due to a series of natural disasters. It started with last summer’s Sobranes Fire, which set records as the the costliest American wildfire in terms of the resources it took to put out. Then heavy winter rains caused road closures due to mudslides and the condemnation of the Pfieffer Canyon Bridge. Then came the massive landslide that wreaked havoc on the area last Saturday. 

Ghostly tales told in St. John Newfoundland, Canada
Rebekah Nolan

Newfoundland has a long and rich supernatural history. This island, suspended in the North Atlantic is said to be home to ghosts, fairies and the occasional witch.

The St. John’s Haunted Hike, run by storyteller, and folklorist Dale Jarvis celebrates the supernatural tradition of the city. 

Alta Colina, Paso Robles - 2015

A new study shows San Luis Obispo County's wine industry helps generate $1.9 billion for the regional economy. 

Visit San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County’s tourism arm is undertaking an expensive, first-of-its-kind campaign for the area, aimed at pulling in visitors from California’s big metro areas, as well as the large urban centers of Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Brittany App

From time to time this summer, KCBX News has hopped around our listening area to highlight local agriculture through those who run farmers’ markets, as a way to hear what’s available, in season, and new at the markets.

We also used the conversations to learn a bit about some of the challenges these markets may face, or new rules and programs that could change your experience.

Flickr member Josh Mock

The City of San Luis Obispo continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination, which could in part be attributed to its impressive rankings on several national "best" lists this year.

Most recently, the city was named one of the top swimming communities by USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport.

It was named also the friendliest small town by real estate blog Movoto and it made Livability.com's best places to live list.

Tourism tax dollars on the rise in Santa Barbara

May 27, 2014
Flickr member MamaOT

The tourism industry in Santa Barbara—or at least the lodging portion of it—is on the upswing with more than $1.4 million collected through the city's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in April. That's a 23 percent increase from the same period last year.

Santa Barbara's fiscal calendar ends in June, and so far the TOT  is on target to exceed growth of more than 10 percent, year-over-year.

So far the city has collected more than $13.6 million for the fiscal year.

Steven Puglisi Architecture - San Luis Obispo

The City of Paso Robles is in the midst of a hotel boom with more properties before the planning department than at any time in the city's history.

Susan DiCarli is the Paso Robles Planning Manager and says while every hotel or resort property may not make it to fruition, the level of potential development is impressive.