Travel & Tourism
Visitors attracted to Greater Ontario with new guide
Destination Marketing Organization produces Official Visitors Guide
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (Ontario, California) The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (GOCVB) has announced the arrival of its newly redesigned Official Visitors Guide. “Since its inception in 2013, the GOCVB’s mission is to develop and expand the Greater Ontario Brand, elevate the impression of the destination as a perfect location to take advantage of all Southern California has to offer and deliver positive economic impact” said Michael Krouse, President & CEO of Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau.
As the official destination marketing organization, the GOCVB has recently ended the fiscal year of 2018-2019 with an overall economic impact of $51,953,760. Representing the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, the GOCVB is solely funded through the Greater Ontario Tourism Marketing District. A leisure traveler or meeting planner can choose economy to full-service from over 6,000 hotel rooms in Greater Ontario, enjoy several entertainment venues, a shopper’s paradise and a diverse, multi-cultural restaurant scene.
Through the tourism marketing district funding, the GOCVB has been able to:
· Design a new Official Visitor Guide
· Build a new, tourism friendly website – Gocvb.org
· Produce a new destination marketing video
· Build and Operate the 2nd most visited California Welcome Center in the State of California
· Domestic and international outreach via co-op advertising opportunities
· Represent Greater Ontario at tradeshows, conferences, conventions, sales missions and industry events
· Host international and domestic FAM trips
· Partner with Ontario International Airport in supporting airline route development
The Bureau takes pride in their efforts that has elevated Greater Ontario to a recognizable destination, a leader in the industry and as a very strong alternative market to Los Angeles and Orange County that is no longer being confused with “Ontario, Canada”. The first five-year strategic plan has been successful in completing the goals of delivering economic impact, curating a portfolio of experiences, repositioning and enhancing the brand, plus building capabilities in a performance culture.
Recently the “I AM” Greater Ontario educational program was rolled out with approval by the steering committee of destination experts. Starting in September of 2019, this interactive classroom experience and bus tour will be provided at no cost to front of house staff, guest services, sales and others in the hospitality industry to ensure a consistent message to welcome visitors, knowledgeable about “must visit” sites and elevate the overall guest experience.
As they say in real estate, “location, location, location” centrally situated where two interstates meet, in less than one hour in any direction, Greater Ontario provides visitors easy access to the deserts, mountain resorts, alpine lakes, Southern California wine country and beaches, Disneyland Park, Universal Studios and Hollywood. Visitors can make Greater Ontario their home base and take advantage of hotels offering great amenities, affordable rates and free parking.
Ontario International Airport (ONT), the fastest growing airport in the U.S. according to Global Traveler has added numerous non-stop flights including New York, Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco and Taipei making it easier to fly in and out of Ontario.
The new Official Visitor Guide is available to download or via mail from the website at GOcvb.org, In addition the guide and information about the statewide and local tourism destinations is available at the California Welcome Center in Fashion Alley at Ontario Mills.
ABOUT GREATER ONTARIO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California to visitors nationally and internationally. As destination experts we provide leisure, meeting groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ideal for leisure and business travel, the region boasts scenic mountains, deserts, vineyards and metropolitan areas that are both historic and cosmopolitan in character. Under the umbrella of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau is the California Welcome Center and several Signature Events to support the overall mission to drive visitors to the region. The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau provides the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit www.GOcvb.org.
Travel & Tourism
China Airlines restores daily service between Ontario, California, and Taipei
Airline resumes flights at pre-pandemic frequency with larger aircraft
China Airlines will fully restore daily round-trip service between Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Taipei beginning March 26, 2023, ONT officials announced.
The return of daily service connecting ONT and Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) marks a major milestone in Ontario’s recovery of international air service, all of which was suspended at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly three years ago.
“We have eagerly awaited the resumption of daily service between Ontario and Taiwan,” said Atif Elkadi, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). “This exciting development is a testament to the demand for long-haul international travel from the Inland Empire and the exceptional service provided by our global gateway.”
After suspending service in March 2020, China Airlines resumed ONT-TPE flights in June 2021, gradually increasing service levels as demand returned. The resumption of daily service occurs at the same time that China Airlines marks its five-year anniversary at ONT.
The first carrier to offer nonstop, transoceanic passenger service to ONT after its transition to local ownership, China Airlines will upgrade the aircraft operating the route from an Airbus A350-900 to a larger Boeing 777-300ER, increasing seat capacity from 306 to 358 across premium business, premium economy and economy classes. The service is also scheduled to provide customers with seamless one-stop connections to additional destinations throughout Asia.
TPE is the primary international gateway to northern Taiwan’s more than 9 million residents, while ONT is the closest and most convenient international gateway airport for more than 10 million Southern California residents in San Bernardino, Riverside, northern Orange and eastern Los Angeles counties.
Domestic air travel through ONT surpassed pre-pandemic levels in 2022, a milestone achieved by few other airports in California.
Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce Event to Spotlight Brightline West
Program will highlight what’s next for high-speed rail in the Inland Empire
High-Impact Event Alert
Brightline West will be featured during the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “High-Speed Rail is Headed to the Inland Empire” event on Wednesday, January 11, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Jessie Turner Community Center in Fontana, CA, which the County of San Bernardino is a title sponsor. The program will feature an update on Brightline West, including the project’s role in regional and statewide connectivity, its benefits to the community, what to expect in 2023, and how the public can stay engaged.
Featured panelists for the program are:
- Fiona Ma, Treasurer, State of California
- Ray Wolfe, Executive Director, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
- Sarah Watterson, President, Brightline West
- Edward Ornelas, Jr., President/CEO, Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Matt Burris, Deputy City Manager of Community Development, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Brightline is the only private provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity passenger rail service in America. The company currently serves Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach in Florida, with its Orlando station beginning service in 2023. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in travel, Brightline offers a guest-first experience designed to reinvent train travel and take cars off the road by connecting city pairs and congested corridors that are too close to fly and too long to drive. Brightline West will build on this award-winning service by connecting Las Vegas and Southern California, with stations in Las Vegas, Victor Valley, Hesperia, and Rancho Cucamonga, and connectivity to Metrolink’s regional rail network.
“This will transform transportation in Southern California and Las Vegas for generations by providing a fast and efficient connection that gets people out of their cars, reduces traffic congestion and decreases air pollution.” -Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer
- Expected travel time is approx. 2 ¼ hours
- Our route is 2x faster than driving
- Zero-emission, electric train sets
- Expected top speed is 180 mph
- 400,000 tons of CO2 removed annually by reducing 3 million vehicles
- Connections to Metrolink and planned future connection to California High-Speed Rail in Palmdale
- Convenient station location on the Vegas strip (I-15)
For more information and to register for the event, click here.
Travel & Tourism
More than 300,000 expected to travel through Ontario International Airport during the holiday season
Southern California’s Ontario International Airport is expecting more than 300,000 holiday travelers this year.
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is expecting a merry – and busy – holiday season, with passenger volumes expected to surpass pre-pandemic 2019.
ONT officials estimate that 303,266 holiday travelers will utilize the popular Southern California gateway from Sunday, December 18, through Wednesday, January 4.
The busiest travel days, with more than 19,000 airline passengers, will be:
- Thursday, December 22 (19,182)
- Wednesday, December 28 (19,099)
- Thursday, December 29, (19,182)
The lightest travel days will be Christmas Day (10,799) and New Year’s Day (13,973).
Based on current schedules, airlines operating at ONT are offering 378,406 seats during the 18-day holiday period, 5.3% more than winter holidays in 2019. Airlines predict an average 80% of the seats will be filled.
“We are preparing for the anticipated increase in winter holiday travel and doing everything in our power to avoid the stress that can be common at many other airports,” said Atif Elkadi, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority. “Terminal halls will be decked, retail and dining concessions, as well as passenger lounges, will be open, and our hallmark hassle-free customer experience will be on display.”
Elkadi highlighted the availability of ample parking close to ONT passenger terminals and encouraged travelers to book spaces online at discounted rates before arriving at the airport. He also noted the newly opened Lot 6, where 1,337 new spaces became available at a rate of $15 per day.
Travelers and non-travelers alike will notice new and enhanced amenities and services at ONT this holiday season, including:
- ONT+, is a free service that enables the non-traveling public to greet family and friends at the gate or spend more time with them as they prepare to depart
- CLEAR expedited security lanes
- Aspire premium lounges
- Delicious food and beverage options accessible via mobile ordering from terminal gate areas
Travel through ONT has surpassed pre-pandemic levels from March through November. Airport officials expect to welcome an estimated 5.8 million passengers for the year as a whole.
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