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California town strives to boost tourist numbers

California town strives to boost tourist numbers
24 Mar 2014

Santa Catalina Island in California has undergone its biggest overhaul in nearly 100 years as it bids to boost the local tourism industry.

As part of this upgrade work, the harbour town is being fitted with a new museum, in addition to a hotel, spa and even a wine-tasting room.

The overarching ambition behind the move is to increase the number of visitors the island gets from the mainland.

It is seen as the biggest regeneration work that the island has experienced since the 1920s, when a casino was built in the area.

Of course, many tourists instead opt to holiday on the mainland, where they can find a number of top attractions, such as Disneyland.

Last week, meanwhile, a report from the World Travel and Tourism Council confirmed that the industry, globally, created as many as 266 million jobs in 2013.

This represents an increase of six million jobs on the year previous.ADNFCR-408-ID-801706124-ADNFCR

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