Santa Maria paying tourists $100 to visit

February 8, 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

In the aftermath of California’s second stay-at-home order, tourists who were quick to snap up a promotional offer are receiving $100 gift cards for booking short stays in the Santa Maria Valley.

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the nonprofit Visit California, operates a tourism marketing program called Santa Maria Valley. The marketing program is running a $100 “stimulus offer” for tourists who visit the region between early February and the end of March. The offer is already sold out, according to the Santa Maria Valley website.

Anyone who applied in time and booked a stay of at least two nights in a hotel in the Santa Maria Valley is eligible to receive a $100 gift card, which can be used at local restaurants, breweries, wineries and attractions. Prospective tourists who missed out on the deal can join a waitlist for when the offer returns.

“Santa Maria Valley businesses and attractions are following Governor Newsom’s guidelines for a safe reopening,” the region’s tourism marketing website states. “We expect that all visitors to the area will do their part to respect our region and our state by practicing social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands regularly.”


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IDBOUND

Is Santa Maria’s supply of live targets in short supply ?? Or are they planning a turkey shoot extravaganza


Rambunctious

Can we pay valley tourists to stay home?….


nunsense

I can’t imagine why this is necessary.

there are so many fine dining and shopping establishments along Betteravia. who wouldn’t want to spend some quality vacation time there? why go to Los Olivos or Solvang when you can stroll the majestic downtown of Santa Maria instead?


Jorge Estrada

My mind is getting so twisted these days that I suspect this payment is just another racial ploy, as in come see the civilized Mexicans and enjoy their culture at our expense.


pigsrule

Concept is great. This would be more ideal plan for North SLO County.


commonsenseguy

That won’t even cover the cost of a stray bullet hole in your windshield.


kayaknut

Can the gift card be used at hospitals and urgent care places if you get shot or mugged during your stay in Santa Maria?


mazin

Before COVID, visited Santa Maria regularly, never a problem. Went to party bars, brew pubs, restaurants, stores, not a problem. People are people.