H-ARROYO GRANDE

Nov 20, 2013 10:51 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

City of Arroyo Grande creates new board to promote tourism

Community leaders in Arroyo Grande are working to bring more tourists to the area.

The Arroyo Grande City Council recently appointed a new tourism board.

Right now, hotels add an extra 2% to guests' bills. The tourism board will be in charge of using that money to promote tourism and motivate people to stay in Arroyo Grande when they visit the Central Coast.

The city's chamber of commerce says the idea is to bring more "heads to beds."

"We have the historic village, close to wine tasting, close to Lopez Lake, and we're a major avenue for people to take to the Oceano Dunes. We have a lot to promote here," said Judith Bean, the President of the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce.

According to Bean, the tourism industry generates about $40 million for the city.

City workers hope they'll be able to boost tourism enough that even during off months, hotels are full.

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