Welcome center marks anniversary

By on May 9, 2018

The California Welcome Center at Ontario Mills celebrated its second anniversary Tuesday.

Complimentary pieces of cake were handed out at the welcome center’s entrance, according to the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, which operates the facility.

About 20,000 people visit the welcome center every month. The facility’s second anniversary coincides with the National Travel & Tourism Week, which this year spotlight’s the historical achievements of the U.S. travel industry.

Michael Krouse, president and chief executive officer of the visitors bureau, recently touted the importance of hospitality and tourism Industry to the local economy.

In 2017, tourism had a $94 million impact on the local economy and employed nearly 167,000 people. That made it the third-larges sector in San Bernardino County’s economy, Krouse said at a conference last week.