International Tourist Numbers Are Down
The number of international tourists visiting the Tuolumne County Visitors Centers in both Chinese Camp and Sonora were down this Summer compared to numerous past years.
Nancy Sikes, Executive Director for the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, was Friday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day".
According to Sikes, 1,315 people identified themselves as either in-state or domestic travelers during the months of June and July. Only 765 people were visiting from outside of the country.
Typically, the number of international tourists is on par with (and often exceeds) the number of domestic travelers.
Sikes believes that we are now seeing the effects of the euro-crisis.
For Sikes this will mean a future re-doubling of efforts focusing on Tuolumne County's "bread-n-butter" markets of Germany and the United Kingdom.
Tourism numbers from August and through the end of Summer are not out yet.
Once received, Sikes will compile and present a complete report for the fiscal year, before the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors in October.
The complete report will include the number of individuals who called and/or e-mailed the Visitors Bureau requesting more information about the services and attractions within the County.
During Spring and Summer, trends continue to indicate that visitors are still vacationing regionally (or within driving distance) and making fairly quick trips up to Tuolumne County.
The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am
Written by Mark Truppner