Celebrate All Things Yosemite at February 2015 Travel Shows

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Attractions in the Yosemite Pavilion include indoor rock climbing and cooking demo by Percy Whatley, Executive Chef at Yosemite’s famous Ahwahnee hotel

The beloved treasures of Yosemite National Park will be brought to life in a few short weeks to remind travelers that winter is the best time to plan a summer trip. The many natural wonders of Yosemite – and surrounding communities and attractions -- will be on display at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center, February 7-8, 2015, and the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show at the Long Beach Convention Center, February 21-22, 2015. Visitors to the travel shows are likely to discover under-the-radar lodges, insider secrets and other travel tips as a benefit of meeting Yosemite-savvy representatives face-to-face and attending presentations specialized for serious travelers. Both travel events are open to the public.

125 Years as a National Park
This is a banner year for Yosemite. The 2015 season marks Yosemite’s 125th anniversary as a National Park. The area was initially placed into protection over 150 years ago, when President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act of 1864, and officially became a National Park in 1890 under the legislation of President Benjamin Harrison.

“More than Just a Walk in the Park”
Yosemite, being such a huge destination, warrants a massive presence at both California travel shows. In the Yosemite Pavilion, visitors can climb a rock wall and snap a selfie in front of an 8-foot-high well-known Yosemite backdrop. They may even be a lucky winner of one of 6 getaway packages – by entering to win a free trip!

Taste of Yosemite
At the Los Angeles show on Feb. 21, Executive Chef Percy Whatley of The Ahwahnee hotel, a Bocuse d’Or semi-finalist, will showcase some of the sustainably-harvested menu items the hotel is known for, particularly its famous Grand Sunday Brunch, in a 45-minute cooking demonstration. At the Santa Clara show on Feb. 7, Chef Bob Anderson, Chef de Cuisine at The Ahwahnee, will prepare dishes that emphasize the best in seasonal California cuisine during another delicious cooking demonstration. These demos will be held Feb. 7 from 12:00 - 12:45pm in Santa Clara, and Feb. 21 from 1:00 - 1:45pm in Long Beach.

One Park, Four Entrances…One Region
The variety of communities surrounding the national park in each direction is a testament to the diversity of the entire Yosemite region, and a reminder of all the adventures to be had both in the park and just outside its boundaries. Knowledgeable tourism experts from all four entrance points will be on hand in the Yosemite Pavilion to help travelers understand how best to experience Yosemite. The Yosemite Experience Pavilion is a collaborative effort that includes representatives and information from the following organizations:

Exhibiting at both the Bay Area Travel Show AND the Los Angeles Travel Show:

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
(559) 683-4636
Kim Lawson – Director of PR & Media

Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau
(209) 742-4567
Noel Morrison – Communications Manager

The Redwoods in Yosemite – Vacation Home Rentals
(877) 753-8566
Donna Davis – General Manager

The Pines Resort
(559) 642-3121

Mono County Tourism
(760) 924-1743
Alicia Vennos, Economic Development Director

Mammoth Lakes Tourism
(760) 709-1548
Whitney Lennon – Director of Marketing

Sequoia Tourism Council | Exeter Chamber of Commerce
(559) 624-7187
Eric Coyne – Tulare County Tourism Manager

Delaware North at Yosemite
(209) 372-1445
Lisa Cesaro – Public Relations Manager

Delaware North at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
(559) 692-8968
Kathrin Poetter - Marketing/PR Manager

Delaware North at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
(559) 692-8968
Kathrin Poetter - Marketing/PR Manager

Also exhibiting at the Los Angeles Travel Show:

Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau
Lisa Mayo – Executive Director

Calaveras Visitors Bureau
(209) 736-0049
Lisa Boulton – Executive Director            

Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce
(559) 642-3676
Leslie Cox - owne

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