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COVID-19 pandemic crushes the tri-county wedding industry

By   /  Thursday, April 16th, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on COVID-19 pandemic crushes the tri-county wedding industry

Hundreds of weddings in the Tri-Counties have been canceled or postponed since governmental orders forbade people from gathering in groups to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ban cratered the industry on the Central Coast, which saw weekends in half of March, all of April and now parts of May become untenable. “It’s devastating to Read More →

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Tri-county airports get federal grants as ridership plummets

By   /  Thursday, April 16th, 2020  /  Central Coast, Latest news, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tri-county airports get federal grants as ridership plummets

Several tri-county airports received federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Airport Grant Program as they faced steep declines in ridership. Of the three largest airports, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport received the most —$20 million. Santa Barbara Municipal Airport got $9.6 million, and Santa Maria Public Airport, which lost Read More →

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Alaska Airlines changes flights to keep serving SLO and SB airports

By   /  Thursday, April 9th, 2020  /  Central Coast, Destinations, Latest news, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Alaska Airlines changes flights to keep serving SLO and SB airports

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Tri-county performers struggle as audiences forbidden

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2020  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Nonprofits, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tri-county performers struggle as audiences forbidden

The coronavirus pandemic has much of the region working from home, but there’s only so much you can do from home when your work is performing in front of crowds of people. Theater companies, orchestras and concert venues in the Tri-Counties began cancelling and postponing shows even before state and local governments banned public gatherings Read More →

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Tri-county landlords can get relief from tax and fee payments

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2020  /  Columns, Latest news, Law, Real Estate, Small Business, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Tri-county landlords can get relief from tax and fee payments

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Retail wine sales soar but wineries still suffer revenue slump

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2020  /  Latest news, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Retail wine sales soar but wineries still suffer revenue slump

Tri-county wine tasting rooms and restaurants likely won’t reopen to visitors soon, but consumers are still buying and drinking wine. The Nielsen Co. reported that wine sales at grocery and drug stores soared 27 percent in the week ending March 14 when compared to both the previous and the year-ago week. Wineries are getting higher Read More →

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COVID-19 pandemic killing tri-county tourism

By   /  Friday, April 3rd, 2020  /  Latest news, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on COVID-19 pandemic killing tri-county tourism

An unprecedented level of uncertainty has gripped the travel and tourism industry across the Tri-Counties, forcing temporary shutdowns for some and a re-evaluation of plans for companies, workers and tourism promotion agencies. No one knows when business will go back to normal, and it’s hitting the tourism industry hard when bookings should be strong. Visit Read More →

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