August 25, 2011 |
The California Travel and Tourism Commission has recruited Goose, Maverick and a bunch of vampires to help draw tourists from England to the Golden State. In the latest campaign to promote the state's $95-billion tourism industry, the commission has partnered with a British entertainment firm to show the 1980s movies "Top Gun" and "The Lost Boys" at London's Canary Wharf during the first weekend of September. Both movies are set in California. "Top Gun" is set at the Naval Air Station Miramar (known currently as Marine Corps Air Station Miramar)
December 26, 2010 |
Who wants to hang around you when you're down on your luck? And yet California, mired in budget distress and other economic woes, continues to attract visitors: Tourism was up more than expected in 2010, with visits predicted to end the year up 4%. Credit the better-than-expected performance to strong growth among international and business travelers, as well as leisure travelers who upgraded their day trips to overnight stays, according to consultants...
February 7, 2010
States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. When requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. Alabama: Alabama Tourism Department, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, P.O. Box 4927, Montgomery, AL 36103; (800) 252-2262 or (334) 242-4169, www.alabama.travel. Alaska: Alaska Travel Industry Assn., Visitor Information Center, 2600 Cordova St., Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99503; (800) 862-5275 or (907) 929-2200, www.travelalaska.com. American Samoa: American Samoa Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 2506, Pago Pago, AS 96799, (684)
July 4, 2008 |
Faced with sticker shock at airports and gas pumps, fewer Americans are expected to travel over this Fourth of July holiday weekend, marking the first such decline this decade. But the surge in families deciding to stay closer to home, coupled with bargain-hunting foreign visitors, is translating into a surprising boon for Southern California's tourism industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2002 |
Encouraged by a state tourism campaign to "find yourself here" rather than risk flying the less-friendly skies, Californians are doing just that. Surging in-state travel by Californians, in fact, has more than offset the plunge in nonresident visitors since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, state and industry officials said Tuesday. Overall travel this summer in California is now expected to be 7% higher than the summer of 2001, far more upbeat than the 9% decline forecast in January.
April 27, 2002 |
Marketing aimed at keeping California's 34 million residents close to home after Sept. 11--along with a much-needed lift in consumer confidence--has helped accelerate a rebound in the state's tourism industry, which was severely hurt after the terrorist attacks. Although some cities have fared better than others, signs of recovery are being noted throughout the state, with many tourism officials adjusting their travel forecasts from less optimistic predictions.