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.

Valley lodges increase rooms, revenues

Fresno area lodges earned $14.41 million in March, up from $13.89 million the month before.More available rooms kept the Valley's lodging industry on solid footing in March, even as overall occupancy and room rates slipped from the month before.

Air Wick bottles Yosemite's fragrance

The smell of Yosemite National Park will now be in homes across America as part of a line of fragrances by Reckett Benckiser's Air Wick brand.

Fresno Radisson to become Double Tree by Hilton

The former Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Fresno should join the Double Tree brand as soon as next year thanks to a new $18 million loan to complete renovation work.

Century-old Springville Inn closes it doors

Owners of the Springville Inn are selling the property after 16 years in business.Financial pressures took a toll on the century-old Springville Inn on the way to Sequoia National Park as the owners filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

April events to lift Fresno area

The Fresno area stands to gain $2 million in economy activity throughout April through 16 different convention and sporting events, the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau reported.

Valley lodges see promise in February

Fresno area lodges earned $13.89 million in February, up from $10.87 million the month before.Valley lodges enjoyed some early success in the year with occupancy rates throughout Fresno and Tulare counties shooting up in February over the year before.

Oakhurst exhibit shows Yosemite history

Lure and Lore of YosemiteThe Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst will allow visitors to step back through time with a new exhibit on display recounting the mountain area's early history.