Tourism officials in California are letting agents and their clients know that the state’s tourism industry remains largely unscathed from the wildfires that broke out over the past two weeks.
Fires are nearing containment, and weather forecasts are favourable.
The affected regions of Sonoma County and west Los Angeles are returning to business as usual and reassuring visitors and meeting planners that the regions are open and ready to welcome visitors. While fires of any size in populated areas are destructive, officials say California’s visitor experience remains intact. Airports, roads, hotels, wineries and other attractions are open for business.
Visit California president Caroline Beteta issued the following statement, “California’s travel industry extends its deepest appreciation for the state’s fire service and first responders, whose heroic efforts have saved countless lives and businesses across the state. The quick progress firefighters have made is immensely encouraging – both for the thousands of travellers with plans to visit and the communities that rely on visitors to fuel their economies. Both Sonoma County and Los Angeles are quintessential California experiences for residents and visitors alike, and now is the time to visit. California is safe to visit, and travellers can access information about all Golden State destinations at VisitCalifornia.com.”
Conditions in California’s wildfire-affected communities continue to change rapidly. Visit California is connecting travellers with the latest fire information through VisitCalifornia.com travel alerts and WestCoastTravelFacts.org.