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Tri-county tourism, hospitality hurting but region suited for recovery

By   /  Friday, April 17th, 2020  /  Banking Industry, Central Coast, Destinations, Education, Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, South Coast, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture, Women Inc.  /  Comments Off on Tri-county tourism, hospitality hurting but region suited for recovery

Keeping the economy closed has saved lives, but it has hurt and will continue to hurt tri-county residents in the pocketbook. A webinar put on by UC Santa Barbara on April 16 probed the different ways the community’s businesses were hurting and panelists talked about solutions to help ease the pain. “I think we can Read More →

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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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