April 24, 1998
As California's third-largest employer, the state's tourism industry raked in about $61.2 billion in 1997. About one out of six dollars in travel spending nationwide landed in California, where visitors spent about a quarter of their travel budget on retail shopping. Despite this, only 13.5% of the state's 673,000 tourism jobs were in retail sales.
November 5, 1988 |
Drivers regularly zip right through the Interstate 15 corridor between Barstow and the state line, giving little thought to what pleasures might be found just off the highway. They may stop for fuel or fast food, but usually they just enjoy the 65 m.p.h. speed limit, ignoring exit signs for Zzyzx, Calico and Yermo. Those road signs are probably overshadowed anyway by the glitzy Las Vegas billboards advertising hotels, casinos and coming celebrity appearances.
August 13, 2001 |
Travel and tourism in California are showing surprising strength this summer, proving to be a reliable economic engine that is helping to keep the cooling economy from stalling. Despite worries that this would be the stay-home summer of the decade, state officials now expect vacation travel this season to increase slightly from last year's brisk pace.
May 26, 1999 |
Restaurant smoking bans have not hurt tourism in California and other states or cities that adopted tough restrictions, according to a new study disputing a key tobacco industry argument against such laws. The report by two UC San Francisco researchers, to be published today in The Journal of the American Medical Assn., found that hotel revenue in about half the states and cities actually jumped after strict smoking laws were enacted.
October 16, 1988 |
It is one of the most scenic highways in the world, a winding ribbon of asphalt wedged between the mountains and the sea. The stretch of California 1 at Big Sur cuts through dramatic landscape that has been celebrated by generations of writers. Poet Robinson Jeffers called the area "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world." Longtime Big Sur resident Henry Miller wrote, "This is the face of the Earth as the Creator intended it to look."
February 23, 1990 |
The search for the last of seven people who drowned in this frozen Sierra lake was suspended Thursday to allow divers to rest and organizers to bring in more equipment. But as the recovery efforts quieted, a debate began over what, if anything, officials can do to guard against future tragedies. Recovery efforts were curtailed after the Truckee, Nev.