Visit Santa Rosa Celebrates 10 Years of Service as an Official California Welcome Center; Has Welcomed Over 500,000 Visitors

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In 2003, Visit Santa Rosa’s Visitor Center was awarded the official designation as a California Welcome Center. Since this honor, the Welcome Center housed in the 1906 historic train depot has received over 500 thousand visitors and brought over 50 million dollars in economic impact to the local economy; they are now celebrating 10 years of service with a a power networking & ribbon cutting event.

California Welcome Center Santa Rosa

California Welcome Center Santa Rosa

Since our CWC designation in July 2003 our community has benefited in numerous ways, most importantly welcoming over 500,000 new visitors to the area.

Visit Santa Rosa & The California Welcome Center Santa Rosa announce the 10 year anniversary of service to visitors and the community. The celebration will include an array of local dignitaries, government officials and hospitality industry leaders. Food and entertainment from popular local vendors will complement this opportunity for industry and the public to get to know fellow hospitality members and community VIP’s & decision makers. The festivities will take place on Thursday, July 18th at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Welcome Center: 9 Fourth Street in historic Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30pm and for event flyer and more information please visit or call (707) 577-8674.

Visit Santa Rosa Executive Director Brad Calkins reflects, “It’s been such an honor to be a part of Visit California and the California Welcome Centers Network. Since our CWC designation in July 2003 our community has benefited in numerous ways, most importantly welcoming over 500,000 new visitors to the area and an over 50 Million Dollar impact on the local economy.” The anniversary event will be an insider’s opportunity to mix & mingle; intended so that hospitality, tourism and local business members can come together and get to know one another. Attendees will find great wine country food, drink and entertainment, industry information and goodie bags for all including Santa Rosa Magazine, discount wine tasting certificates and other gifts from local vendors.

The purpose of official California Welcome Centers are to offer valuable information and services to travelers and honor a higher standard of service in accordance with the national organizations. To facilitate any and all travel plans and enhance the travel experience, specializing in travel tools and support. At the California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa, each representative is trained by the National Certified Tourism Ambassador™ Program (CTA) to ensure the best possible experience for all visitors. Travelers find a convenient place for a break from the road. Easily accessible from Hwy 101 and Hwy 12, the California Welcome Center offers knowledgeable staff, Internet access, California travel-related guidebooks and maps, information on lodging, restaurants and attractions, and an array of coupons to enjoy the area. The Welcome Center also showcases some of the best gifts and merchandise featuring local Sonoma County artists and vendors along with a large selection of California themed products.

About Visit Santa Rosa

Visit Santa Rosa provides assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, dining and entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa. The bureau also operates an Official State of California Welcome Center, and helps to bring major events to Santa Rosa, such as the Amgen Tour of California and Athleta Iron Girl. For more information, please call (707) 577-8674 or

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