Southern California Open for Business

    SACRAMENTO, CA, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Southern California's tourism destinations
are up and running and ready for visitors. As the recent wildfires near
containment, the state's attractions are spreading the word that they're open
for business.
    "Southern California is known worldwide as an ideal vacation destination,
and I'm happy to report that it remains a wonderful and safe place to visit,"
said Executive Director Caroline Beteta of the California Travel and Tourism
Commission (CTTC). "The wildfires did not affect the majority of the state's
popular attractions, and we encourage travelers to experience firsthand the
adventures that await throughout California."
    In San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Orange Counties fires were
contained to outlying areas and the regions' tourism destinations were not
affected by fire. In addition, areas of San Bernardino National Forest
including Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead are open and ready for guests. While
some attractions closed briefly to provide employees with time to handle
personal matters, all are now open and operating as scheduled. Hotels in these
regions are also welcoming guests, and meeting venues continue hosting events
as planned.
    Visitors traveling to Southern California will find all of the region's
major airports fully-functioning and main highways open for drivers. Access to
some San Bernardino County destinations was hindered during the wildfires, but
all major roads have now reopened. CTTC advises that visitors traveling to
Southern California contact their specific destination with questions
pertaining to the wildfires, and more information can be found on
    For a glimpse of Southern California's splendor as it stands today,
travelers can log on to to view post-wildfire photos of
the area's most popular destinations. Southern California residents are also
invited to entice visitors by submitting their own real time pictures of their
favorite hometown attractions. To view or submit photos, please visit
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    "Whether you're looking for roller coasters, pristine beaches, exciting
nightlife or a mountain getaway, Southern California continues to offer
something for every traveler," said Beteta. "If you're in the mood for a
getaway, Southern California is open for business and waiting for you."

    The CTTC is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop and
maintain marketing programs - in partnership with the state's travel industry
- that keep California top-of-mind as a premier travel destination. According
to the CTTC, travel and tourism expenditures total $93.8 billion annually in
California, support jobs for 929,000 Californians and generate $5.6 billion in
state and local tax revenues. For more information about the CTTC and for a
free California vacation packet, go to

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For further information: Michelle Easton or Robyn Adelson, Edelman
Public Relations, (416) 979-1120,

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