The hot dog days of summer have not slowed down our team at Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau! We seem to be busier than ever which is a good sign that our economy is full steam ahead and as the tourism and destination experts for the region we’re involved in just about everything. Our region is taking off – not only the Ontario International Airport but the new hotels under construction, and exciting development projects for land use.
Ontario International Airport has new flights, new restaurants in the design phase, and Lamar was recently awarded the electronic advertising in the terminals. We are set to start building our new California Welcome Centers before the end of the year – the first in the state located in airport terminals. It is exciting to see all the efforts put into taking control of this fabulous airport starting to pay off. We are running a test program for 4 days mid-September for our new shuttle service that will provide easy transportation from the Ontario International Airport to/from local hotels. Once all testing and planning is complete we anticipate the full implementation of the GOCVB Transportation system starting in 2018.
New hotels in several stages of planning and construction in the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga will soon be open to welcome guests. I guess a little over 6,000 hotels rooms just wasn’t enough – when NASCAR is in town we can attest this to be true. As more visitors are discovering our central location in Southern California we are becoming the place to stay. Not only does Greater Ontario, located in the Inland Empire, have so much to do but we are also close to many iconic destinations that our international guests are especially eager to visit.
Inland Empire? What the heck does that mean? Back in the ‘50s the term was used to describe a place that was “inland” of Los Angeles and “empire” because the navel orange industry boom was providing farmers with riches creating their own kingdom. Today many of those orange trees have been moved which provides land mass that is being developed giving a new wealth to the area. After all, when you have land to grow you can create a strategic plan for an economy rich in amenities to live, work, and play.
I hope to see many of you at Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion. We’re celebrating our 5th year – and on Saturday night with a great concert by Blood, Sweat, and Tears with Bo Bice! Come on out to enjoy the classic cars that cruise on historic Euclid Avenue in Ontario, stay for the live concerts, and celebrate the last of summer.