Tourism

Lodging revenues decline in September

Fresno area lodges earned $15.73 million in September, down from $16.92 million the month before.Business continued to lull for Valley lodges in September, but they still pulled in more guests than the same period last year.

Valley lodges see dropoff in August

Fresno area lodges earned $16.94 million in August, down from $17.05 million the month before.Business ebbed for Valley lodges in August, with revenues falling for the first time since March in the Fresno and Visalia areas.

Hundreds flee 2 California wildfires; homes burn

(AP) — Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes.

Yosemite fire sends smoke into famed valley

(AP) — Fire officials have called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that forced hikers to be evacuated and is now sending smoke into the park's famed valley.

Yosemite wildfire grows substantially

(AP) — Officials say a wildfire in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park that forced the helicopter evacuation of 85 park visitors grew substantially overnight.

Survey: Hotel sale prices down in Fresno County

A new survey by Atlas Hospitality Group showed hotel sales increased in Fresno County so far this year but not so much in sale amount.

Madera County tourism funding bolstered by tax renewal

Beginning in January, the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst will kick off another ten years as one of several organizations in the Central Valley promoting tourism with funds generated by local lodges.

Downtown Fresno Holiday Inn becomes Radisson

Now under the Radisson brand, the former Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center was built in 1966.Beginning today, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Fresno will take in guests under the Radisson name, restoring the brand that left the area earlier this year.

Valley lodges see big pickup in July

Fresno area lodges earned $17.06 million in July, up from $16.3 million the month before.Valley lodges continued to ride on summer's busy travel season in July, with revenues up nearly $1 million in both the Fresno and Visalia areas.

Salisbury to head Yosemite area visitors bureau

Rhonda SalisburyLongtime travel marketing expert Rhonda Salisbury will take over as the new CEO of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Madera County beginning Sept. 1, the organization announced today.