A devilish Chamber Director Tawni Thompson, her chick magnet husband Jeff and Visitor Bureau Host Kristina Blum, dressed up as a beloved Eastern Sierra tourist, enjoy the monthly Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce mixer at Karma Indian Restaurant on Oct. 30. Photo courtesy Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce
During a time of nationwide economic uncertainty, a recent Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau report shed a ray of sunshine on the local economy.
Starting with the Visitors Bureau, then moving on to the Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Tawni Thomson presented an update before City Council on Oct. 28. The good-news report included high traffic numbers and new collaborations, promotional materials and memberships.
In an â€śextremely busyâ€ť season, Bureau hosts had already greeted 2,243 walk-in guests during October â€“ a 38 percent increase over October 2012 numbers, Thomson said. The bureau was â€śhighly impacted by the federal shutdown. People were very confused and concernedâ€ť about national park closures and the like. â€śWe helped hundreds of visitors save their vacations by finding alternatives for camping, lodging and activities,â€ť keeping them in the area and positively impacting local business. (For more on the local economy, see â€śContractors seeing Economic Upswing on Pg. 1).
Read more in the Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.