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Power of Tourism

Tourism creates jobs, drives the local economy, enhances lifestyle and culture, and helps to support local government programs, nonprofits, and regional parks.

Tourism Means Jobs

The tourism industry is one of the largest employers in Sonoma County, with hospitality employment comprising one in ten jobs. (22,700 jobs in 2017)

Tourism Means Economic Prosperity

Government revenue generated by the local tourism industry ($92.4 million in 2017) is used to help support regional parks, economic development, arts and culture, education, roads, public safety, education, affordable housing and workforce development among other community programs.

Additionally, local tourism supports opportunity and growth in other parts of the local economy. “Statistics show that hospitality and tourism has outperformed the aggregate of all other export sectors since 1998, with employment expanding nearly 10 percent in tourism while others showed negative gain of almost -1 percent. Econometric tests show that employment shifts in the visitor economy are followed in subsequent years by sustained changes in growth in other parts of the economy.” (Destination Promotion: An Engine of Economic Development, Oxford Economics)

Economic growth across all business sectors, keep Sonoma County thriving and relevant. A strong local economy is essential to supporting a healthy community.

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Tourism Cares About Our Community

Sonoma County's tourism and hospitality industry does much more than provide hotel space, restaurant meals, outdoor activities and entertainment, wine tasting, and gorgeous views - we care about our local community.

According to The Hospitality Business Philanthropy Report 2017 by Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc, nine out of 10 Sonoma County hospitality businesses give back to their community. Local hospitality-related businesses donated more than $45 million annually in cash, in-kind, and volunteer-hour contributions.

Destination Marketing is Essential to Sonoma County’s Success

Effective destination marketing creates opportunities and benefits for local businesses, government, public services, and residents in Sonoma County. To continue to see a year over year increase in tax revenue, Sonoma County needs to keep our marketing efforts on par with our competitors. Investing in our destination provides unlimited returns.

Events Matter: Case Study – Pliny the Younger 2019 Release

Sonoma County events draw visitors from all over the world.  Sharing our local culture and pride with visitors is something that leaves a lasting impression on each and every visitor. Events also leave an economic impression, and one that benefits all of us.

According to a recent study by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Sonoma County received $4.2 million in economic impact from visitors who came from 42 states and 14 countries for Russian River Brewing Company’s annual special release of Pliny the Younger in February. View the Pliny The Younger Results 2019 here.

 National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11

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Established in 1983 by President Reagan, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is the annual salute to travel in America. During the first full week in May, communities nationwide unite around a common theme to showcase travel’s contributions to the economy and American jobs.  This year, the travel industry is coming together to celebrate why “Travel Matters,” spotlighting a different way travel matters each day to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

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Sonoma County Tourism Cares National Travel and Tourism Week
Spring Lake Clean-up Volunteer Event
May 9, 2019: 9 a.m. – noon

Join us in celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week by way of volunteering. Sonoma County Tourism Cares and Sonoma County Regional Parks need 25-30 volunteers to join park staff picking up litter along the shores of Spring Lake Regional Park’s 72-acre lake. Volunteers for this event will be entered in a drawing to win an Annual Regional Parks Pass, and all are encouraged to stay after the cleanup for a celebratory picnic lunch, provided by Sonoma County Tourism. For more information and to register, click here. See you on May 9!

National Travel and Tourism Collateral (downloadable)

Photo Contest "Our Sonoma County"

In Sonoma County, we welcome visitors from all over the world. We are all a part of the visitor experience. Show your local pride and post a photo of your favorite Sonoma County experience to share with our visitors, expressing what “Life Opens Up” means to you. Tag #OurSonomaCounty on Instagram or Twitter and enter to win a Sonoma County Staycation Package. Your Sonoma County staycation for two people includes a two-night stay at The Geyserville Inn, horsebackriding with Ranch at Lake Sonoma, a Harvest Card VIP wine tasting pass, and a restaurant gift card. (Winner will be chosen after May 31, 2019 and notified via Twitter or Instagram). See details and terms and conditions.

 

Power of Tourism Toolkit

We need your support by writing letters and talking with your supervisors.

The following letters and talking points are available for you to use as thought starters. While you are welcome to take the letters verbatim, they are meant to provoke ideas and convey the type of information you might want to include in a letter that’s specific to your business or organization. Letters should be direct, clearly outline the need and include contact information. 

In general, effective letters include:

  • Overview of the situation – make it personal
  • Statistics or other data that shows the impact of the situation
  • The ask
  • Thanks to the recipient for consideration
  • Your contact information

Thank you for your willingness to support Sonoma County Tourism and ensure the organization has the capacity to provide the countywide marketing programming.  Please let us know if we can do anything to help!

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