County Tourism Summit
Promotes Economic Growth

    Monique Carter, county Economic Development Coordinator, steps in front of a PowerPoint presentation during the opening of the tourism summit.

Posted: March 24, 2016

    The County of San Bernardino held a Tourism Summit on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Joshua Tree Community Center.

    The originally scheduled keynote speaker, Ed Fuller, CEO of the Orange County Visitors Association, was unable to attend due to medical reasons.

    The meeting's speakers, Brittney Carter of Visit California; Michelle McCue, President of McCue Communications (silhouetted in the left photo); Mike Gorman, Account Director of McCue Communications; and Sharon Kellogg of the Southern California Automobile Club's Westways magazine, the 8th largest circulated magazine in the United States; provided an interesting and information packed summit.

    The previous county Tourism Summit was held 17-months earlier in October 2014.  Originally planned to be held once each year, Monique Carter has announced a new target of having an economic update meeting twice each year.

    The five leading countries as sources of tourists in California last year were: (1) Mexico, (2) Canada, (3) China, (4) Germany, and (5), South Korea.

    Tourism's impact upon California's economy in 2015 was $120-billion.

    The Newberry Springs Community Alliance had two representatives at this important tourist development event.  No other Newberry Springs organization was represented.

    Brittney Carter (pictured above) is the Southern California liaison for Visit California.  Visit California is the state's promotional tourism department that operates on an annual budget of over $100-million.  Carter presented a detailed update on the state's increased efforts and successes of growing tourist traffic.  33,000 new tourism jobs were created in California in 2015.

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