Tourism

Revenues up for Valley lodges in October

Fresno area lodges earned $15.73 million in October, up from $15.71 million the month before.Although occupancy rates dropped in the month, Valley lodges watched business pick up in October as more rooms opened up to guests.

Comments sought on Sequoia, Kings Canyon fee hikes

The public has until Dec. 9 to comment on proposed fee increases for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Yosemite rangers try to keep hungry bears at bay

(AP) — Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep wild black bears — with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws — far away from humans.

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.