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November 2, 2001 | Bonnie Harris
The current slump in California's $75-billion tourism industry is expected to last through at least late next year, economists said at a tourism outlook conference in Long Beach. They said the downturn will be felt deepest in Southern California, which claims 60% of the state's jobs, hotel rooms and population.
July 11, 1997
The economic impact of tourism in Pasadena is on the rise, a report released by the board of the city-owned Civic Auditorium shows. In 1996, tourists spent $387 million, an increase of 5.7% from the previous year, according to the report for the Pasadena Operating Co., which oversees the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hotel occupancy was up by 2.7%, the report said. The report by PFK Consulting also suggests the tourism industry in 1996 supported 4,727 jobs locally, a rise of 6.
January 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A record number of tourists visited the city last year, but spending by visitors still lagged behind levels seen before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, tourism officials said. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa touted Los Angeles' tourism gains at a news conference Tuesday in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. About 24.9 million tourists visited the city, up 2.8% over 2004. The $12.7 billion they spent also exceeded 2004's totals, but was less than the $13.3-billion record set in 2000.
April 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Caribbean leaders met in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to map out ways to deal with economic woes from a drop in tourism since the war in Iraq began. Jamaica has seen its travel reservations drop by nearly 40%, prompting the national airline, Air Jamaica, to reduce flights. Many Caribbean countries have criticized the United States for attacking Iraq without U.N. approval. Delegations from at least five nations were discussing aid to airlines and tax breaks for hotels.
November 19, 1996 | BARBARA MURPHY
The city of Oxnard is seeing an increase in tourism, officials with the Greater Oxnard & Harbors Tourism Bureau said, based on greater hotel sales tax revenues coming in this year than last. The transient occupancy tax, or TOT, increased in both July and August over the same period in 1995, said Carol Lavender, the bureau's executive director. Occupancy tax revenues increased 8.17% in July over the previous year, and the figure for August was 15.15% higher.
October 9, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Hoping to boost tourism, the city and the Chamber of Commerce have banded together to form a Visitor's Bureau. Though Mission San Juan Capistrano attracts about 400,000 tourists a year, city officials are concerned that visitors are not aware of other attractions in town, such as the 200-year-old Los Rios neighborhood, antique shops and restaurants. The bureau's goal will be to lure tourists to visit more than the mission and to stay longer.
In an industry where the help is as transient as the customers, Russ Lawther is something of an anomaly. Lawther already has spent 17 of his 40 years in the hotel business. He stayed seven years at his last job. And he's hoping to stick around longer than that at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, where he currently is working behind the front desk. "I've been here 18 months and I hope to be here in 18 years," said Lawther, who has ambitions of moving into management.
June 8, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
A year after launching the Costa Mesa Tourism and Promotion Council, local officials say they think visitors are waking up to the fact that Anaheim is not Orange County's only tourist destination. "We've had some good successes so far," said Emmett Steed, president of the council. Hotels' business, for example, is on the rise after a marketing campaign enticing visitors with promises of temperate weather and first-class entertainment and shopping, Steed said.
September 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
Casey Parlacka planned to be in Walt Disney World on Thursday for a Labor Day weekend trip with her best friend. Instead, she stayed home in Michigan after her mother-in-law sent photographs of damage from Hurricane Charley three weeks ago and warned that the approaching Hurricane Frances would be much worse. "We wanted to be in Florida right now, but we would rather be safe than in a hurricane," Parlacka, 23, said by telephone from Grand Rapids.
Of the half-dozen contenders seeking a seat on the City Council next month, all but one support monumental expansion projects to add a second Disney theme park and nearly double the size of the Anaheim Convention Center. Their reasoning? The projects would raise money for city services, stimulate the local economy and bolster Anaheim's standing in the competitive tourism and convention industries. The contenders for two open council seats in the Nov.
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