Tourism groups win award

Tourism groups and businesses in the Mountain Area, as part of a Yosemite Pavilion, earned “Best of Show” honors earlier this year during one of the largest travel shows in the United States.

Among the Yosemite Pavilion winners at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure show was Visit Yosemite | Madera County. CEO Rhonda Salisbury said the award was very special to the group.

The Pavilion included: Visit Yosemite | Madera County; Mono County Tourism; Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau; Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau; Sequoia Tulare County; Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce; The Pines Resort; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; The Redwoods in Yosemite; and Mammoth Lakes Tourism.

The highlight of the pavilion was a 24-foot-high rock climbing wall which allowed all attendees a taste of adventure.

John Golicz, CEO of the show’s organizer Unicomm, LLC, said the Yosemite Pavilion definitely deserve the award.

“From adventure to national parks to fine dining and lodging, the Yosemite group put together an exciting and very popular pavilion at this year’s show,” Golicz said. “Frankly, I think they are a model of how many regional (areas), tourism boards and private sector hospitality companies can partner to market and educate travelers.”

The Los Angeles show, held in February, was attended by more than 34,000 people with 400 exhibit booths.

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Staff report