Tourism

Madera wineries celebrate wine month Sept. 12

The 10th annual California Wine Month kicks off in September with a reception at the San Joaquin Wine Company's new tasting room in Madera.

Fig Fest set for Aug. 9

Fig Fest AugFig Fest 2014 will take place on Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Whole Foods Market in Fig Garden Village, 5082 N. Palm Ave. in Fresno.

Valley lodges see early summer pickup

Fresno area lodges earned $16.29 million in June, up from $15.74 million the month before.Valley lodges fared a little better in June in what looks to be an early start to the busy summer season.

Report: National parks visits down in 2013

The Wawona Tunnel View at Yosemite National ParkVisitorship decreased by around 7 percent at Central California's three national parks last year, according to a new National Park Service Report.

Sanger to launch national park transit

Sanger will be the newest point of access to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks when the city launches its own transit service next summer.

Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary

(AP) — Yosemite National Park is celebrating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Yosemite Grant Act, which protected Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove.

Valley lodges increase rooms, revenues in May

Fresno area lodges earned $15.76 million in May, up from $15.58 million the month before.Rooms didn't fill up quite as much for Fresno area lodges in May, but that didn't mean revenues were down.

Valley travel spending hits record in 2013

Visitors to the Central Valley spent $1.99 billion on hotels and motels in 2013.Visitor spending continued to prove why tourism is one of the Valley's greatest revenue generators, a new report shows.

Valley lodges on an upswing in April

Fresno area lodges earned $15.67 million in April, up from $14.41 million the month before.Business bounced back for Valley lodges in April with revenues more than making up for a smaller supply of rooms.

Fresno event to highlight tourism campaigns

Two tourism campaigns promoting the Central California region will be highlighted during an event in Fresno May 18.