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Seeing is Believing
California allows hotels to reopen for group meetings as of April 15, 2021. Additionally on June 15, Governor Gavin Newsom released the Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening plan, where all industries across the state can return to full operations with risk reduction measures. Beginning February 16, Ventura County’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted in alignment with the state of California. The State order continues to require masking in indoor public places for those who are not vaccinated and for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in healthcare facilities, schools, childcare settings, homeless shelters, emergency shelters, corrections, long-term care facilities and public transit. Additionally, CDPH updated requirements for attending mega events (Crowds greater than 500 (indoors) attendees and crowds greater than 5,000 (outdoors) attendees). CDPH also issued a new travel advisory.
Ventura County Coast hotels and properties across California are eager and prepared to help revitalize our local economies and breathe life back into our communities. Opening space for individual meetings and events will return thousands of employees to work, boost economic recovery for California’s hospitality industry and replenish tax revenues for local, regional, and state partners.
In the virtual tour below, we invite you to see firsthand the Clean and Safe Guidelines being demonstrated. During the tour, you will discover some ideas and concepts for meeting planning, cleaning protocols, food service, and safety suggestions. As you explore the virtual environment, make sure to watch the explainer videos at each station along the way, download our Meeting and Event Planning Guide, and follow the arrows on the floor to explore several setups including an arrival station, classroom, theater, and breakout room layout, just to name a few.
With so many things to consider, we hope this demonstration will help in your planning efforts.
This demonstration of how hotels can safely host meetings and events is a result of industry collaboration made possible by Ventura County Coast, California Hotel & Lodging Association, Visit Camarillo, Visit Oxnard, Visit Ventura and Discover Port Hueneme.
Fun Fact: Using 3D mapping technology, we created this interactive virtual experience turning our real-life meeting and event spaces into an immersive digital environment. This tour delivers the most realistic experience possible without being there in person. See for yourself by exploring the tour above.
Beyond the Blueprint
Beginning February 16, Ventura County’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted in alignment with the state of California. The State order continues to require masking in indoor public places for those who are not vaccinated and for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in healthcare facilities, schools, childcare settings, homeless shelters, emergency shelters, corrections, long-term care facilities and public transit.
Additionally, CDPH updated requirements for attending mega events, like concerts and sporting events. Prior to attending an event, attendees will now require either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event.
CDPH also issued a new travel advisory effective immediately to recommend that all travelers arriving in California test for COVID-19 within three to five days after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.
Business meetings, trade shows and conventions are a major driver of California’s broader tourism industry accounting for $65.1 billion in direct spending and 860,900 jobs in 2020, according to Visit California and Dean Runyan and Associates, Inc (DRA). Two studies conducted by Oxford Economics in October 2020 found that California has been losing $4.1 billion each month we’ve continued to delay safely reopening for meetings and events.
Travel and tourism is an economic engine for the Ventura County Coast region. Annual spending by travelers to Ventura County Coast totals more than $916.8 million, supporting more than 13,600 jobs and generating more than $35.3 million in yearly local tax revenues. Source: *Data provided by Visit California and DRA.
“With local visitor revenues down more than 45% since the start of the pandemic and nearly half of travel spending coming from visitors who stay in hotels and other paid accommodations, functional meeting operations are essential to our regional economy,” said Brian Tucker, Executive Director of the Ventura County Lodging Association. “With safety being our top priority, we need to do everything possible to protect the 13,600 jobs and $35.3 million in local tax revenues that travel generated for our county last year.”
People’s expectations have changed and “getting back to normal” will require planning, enhanced communications, and above all else, adaptability. The industry can play an integral part in safely planning and having meetings in whatever form that takes by following guidelines and practicing cleanliness and safety.
From lodging to dining and attractions, expect to see new health and safety standards being implemented when you travel to Ventura County Coast.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and residents is always a top priority. Our community partners and businesses are doing everything they can to clean and sanitize their properties and train staff to ensure your experience in Ventura County Coast is a positive and safe one. For the latest on COVID-19 in Ventura County.
Welcoming Back Groups
With over 200,000 square feet of conference and meeting space, including beachfront venues, historic buildings and full-service hotel conference centers, Ventura County Coast offers visitors to our region 22 miles of beaches, historic downtowns, a range of outdoor activities, award-winning wineries and farm-to-table restaurants. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and affordable California coastal destination and we look forward to welcoming back group events.
Here in Ventura County Coast, we are all about immersive, authentic experiences. We work with our regional and local partners to help planners hold successful meetings and events. When planners have their meetings and events here, their guests will immediately be immersed in our charming and unique mix of beach destinations, rich agritourism, exciting ethnic food, annual events and nostalgic California surf culture.
With our nearly perfect year round weather and amazing location, a planner can even take an event from land to sea in a matter of minutes.
There are also opportunities to get in touch with your wild side just off the Ventura County Coast at the Channel Islands National Park, a collection of five pristine, primitive islands that offer awe-inspiring views and unforgettable experiences. Island activities include hiking, picnicking, camping, whale watching, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and affordable California coastal destination and we look forward to welcoming you soon.
Location: Gateway to the California Central Coast, located off Highway 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
Distance from Surrounding Destinations
- Santa Barbara: 27 miles
- Hollywood: 46 miles
- Los Angeles: 52 miles
- Bakersfield: 120 miles
- Las Vegas: 315 miles
- San Francisco: 359 miles
*Exact distance varies.