Tourism

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.

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.