The snow in the Sierra Nevada had a positive affect on the amount of tourists who came to stay and visit Tuolumne County, according to Lisa Mayo.
Mayo, Executive Director for the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.
After receiving numerous reports from area lodges and motels, Mayo delivered an optimistic report for area tourism during the Winter months. Mayo continues to expect a busy Spring for both locals and tourists.
But there was also a great exception. Access to Yosemite National Park’s Valley Floor, via Highway 120, has been cut off for the last few months. This has affected visitation to Groveland and the lodging facilities just outside of the Park. Fortunately, access to the Yosemite Valley Floor, via Highway 120, will resume Monday May 1st.
According to Mayo, “The number of tourists stopping at our Chinese Camp office, along Highway 120, was significantly down. Along Highway 108 however, with ski and snow park destinations open all winter, we saw a steady flow of traffic and tourists taking advantage of playing in the snow. And now with the sun out and Sonora Pass open to Kennedy Meadows, tourists will find great hikes throughout the lower Sierra where there is also a lack of crowds at this time of the year. There is also good camping, golf courses, waterfalls and plenty of other things to see and do.”
Mayo is also excited about the grand opening of the new Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau office, located in downtown Sonora at 193 South Washington Street.
“We will have the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday May 12th, the day before the Mother Lode Round-up Parade and Rodeo,” said Mayo.
The colorful “Vacationland” publication has also recently been published and is available. Mayo encourages locals to stop by the office and pick up a copy for themselves.
The website for more information is http://www.visittuolumne.com/ and the telephone number is (209) 533-4420.
The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.