FAIRFIELD — About 60 people gathered Thursday amid Solano County’s version of Wine Country to celebrate tourism.
The Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau hosted the event at Wooden Valley Winery in Suisun Valley. The celebration marked National Travel and Tourism Week.
Bureau Chief Executive Officer Anand Patel kicked off the evening’s program by discussing the importance of travel and tourism in the local community and region, according to a bureau press release.
“Travel and tourism is a critical part of our economy in Solano County and Fairfield,” he said. “This industry supports thousands of jobs that cannot be outsourced.”
The evening included remarks from Visit California’s Senior Director of Communications Brian Wright and a proclamation from Fairfield Mayor Harry Price that was presented by Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro.
Travel and tourism employed 7,082 people in 2012 in Solano County. The industry contributed to $601.5 million in direct spending and $163 million in direct earnings in that year alone. Local tax receipts totaled $7.5 million with state tax receipts at $28.9 million.
To find out more about events, attractions and popular destinations in Fairfield and the surrounding region, search for Visit Fairfield CA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, the press release said.
The Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau markets and promotes the Fairfield region as a destination for meetings, events, travel and tourism. It was created in 2004 by a local business improvement district and is funded by 18 hotels and motels in Fairfield.
For more information about the bureau, go to www.visitfairfieldca.com or call 399-2445.
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