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Allegiant to add Portland-Santa Maria flights

By   /  Tuesday, January 12th, 2021  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Allegiant to add Portland-Santa Maria flights

Allegiant Air will start flying between Santa Maria Airport and Portland, Oregon on April 15, the discount airline announced Jan. 12. Portland International is a new airport for Allegiant, which already offers direct flights from Santa Maria to Phoenix and Las Vegas. The Santa Maria-Portland flight was one of 21 new routes the airline unveiled Read More →

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Coming in 2021: Economic recovery, eventually

By   /  Thursday, December 31st, 2020  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, Latest news, right, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Coming in 2021: Economic recovery, eventually

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Obituary: Lynn Hogan, Pleasant Holidays co-founder and Ventura County philanthropist

By   /  Monday, December 21st, 2020  /  Destinations, Latest news, Nonprofits, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Obituary: Lynn Hogan, Pleasant Holidays co-founder and Ventura County philanthropist

The Hogan family has announced the death of Pleasant Holidays co-founder Lynn Hogan at age 92. According to a post from the magazine Travel Weekly, she died Nov. 24 in Thousand Oaks, and her death was announced in mid-December. With her husband, Ed Hogan, she founded a small travel agency in Point Pleasant, New Jersey Read More →

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Southwest’s next destination: Santa Barbara Airport

By   /  Wednesday, December 16th, 2020  /  Destinations, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Southwest’s next destination: Santa Barbara Airport

Southwest Airlines announced Dec. 16 that it plans to start flying out of Santa Barbara Airport in the spring, something airport officials and frequent fliers have wanted for decades. The airline has not said yet which cities it would serve from Santa Barbara, or how often, but airport officials anticipate “several departures a day,” Deanna Read More →

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Region’s tourism industry continues slow comeback

By   /  Monday, November 2nd, 2020  /  Latest news, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Region’s tourism industry continues slow comeback

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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  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara County wine group abandons bid for BID

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 →