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.
June 11, 2000 |
One evening months ago, my housemate and I were in the den surfing the TV when we clicked on skydivers leaping from planes. "Would you ever do that?" Diana asked me. "Sure," I responded, without a thought. That's why on a beautiful spring afternoon, I redeemed a gift certificate from Diana and found myself dressed in a jumpsuit, harnessed to an instructor and kneeling at the bay door of a plane at 12,500 feet, ready to jump out for 55 seconds of free fall over Lake Elsinore.
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.
December 6, 1998 |
Here's one way to start a ski season on a merry note. On the same early November weekend that Mammoth Mountain resort opened its doors for winter, a sudden storm dumped about 18 inches of new snow. And so, while workers raced to complete $25 million in resort renovations and additions, three lifts lurched into service and a few hundred skiers and boarders, myself included, got to play in a little powder.
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.