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Region’s tourism industry continues slow comeback

By   /  Monday, November 2nd, 2020  /  Latest news, Tourism  /  No Comments

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Santa Barbara County wine group abandons bid for BID

By   /  Thursday, October 29th, 2020  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Top Story, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  No Comments

The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association has abandoned its two-year effort to establish the world’s first wine business improvement district, or BID, as an answer to its longstanding problem of lagging behind other wine regions in marketing spending. Vintners Association Executive Director Alison Laslett said in an Oct. 29 letter to members, co-signed by the Read More →

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NTSB: Night watch could have saved dive boat passengers

By   /  Tuesday, October 20th, 2020  /  Latest news, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on NTSB: Night watch could have saved dive boat passengers

The sinking of the dive boat Conception in the Santa Barbara Channel last year and the death of 34 people on board was caused by the failure of Truth Aquatics, the boat’s owner, to properly oversee its vessel and crew, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled on Oct. 20. The boat, a 75-foot recreational diving Read More →

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SLO County names interim airports chief

By   /  Wednesday, October 7th, 2020  /  Central Coast, Destinations, Latest news, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on SLO County names interim airports chief

San Luis Obispo County has found a new airports director in its own deputy director. Courtney Johnson, who has been the county’s airports deputy director since January 2019, will serve in an interim role leading the agency after current director Kevin Bumen steps down on Oct. 10 to take a job at San Francisco International Read More →

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Ventura County moves into reopening stage that allows gyms, restaurants indoors

By   /  Tuesday, October 6th, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, East Ventura County, Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County moves into reopening stage that allows gyms, restaurants indoors

Ventura County moved into the second tier of California’s COVID-19 reopening process on Oct. 6, putting all three Central Coast counties in that category. Under the rules for red counties, Ventura County gyms, personal care services, museums, zoos, places of worship, movie theaters and restaurants will be able to reopen indoor operations in a limited Read More →

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Wineries spar over marketing district

By   /  Saturday, October 3rd, 2020  /  Agribusiness, left, Tourism, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Wineries spar over marketing district

A two-year push by the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association to establish the world’s first wine business improvement district is running into opposition from a recently formed coalition of wineries seeking a compromise more acceptable to many smaller producers. The Santa Barbara County Wine Country Coalition sent an email Sept. 25 to 300 wineries in Read More →

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A tale of two forecasts: UCSB report describes strong 2018-19, disastrous 2020

By   /  Sunday, September 20th, 2020  /  Latest news, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on A tale of two forecasts: UCSB report describes strong 2018-19, disastrous 2020

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