A volunteer group that works to promote overnight stays in Cambria needs a new member to fill a vacancy on the board. Those interested in the post must file their applications by March 7.
The Cambria Tourism Board is made up primarily of representatives from the lodging industry. However, according to Jill Jackson, the board’s managing assistant, the vacancy to be filled is for the only board appointment that can be filled by a non-constituent of the industry.
Therefore, the person who fills the vacancy left by the recent resignation of longtime member Linda Finley doesn’t have to be affiliated with a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast inn, vacation rental, homestay or other lodging.
Applications for the post are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The county formed the Cambria board in 2011 to increase the use of area lodgings during the so-called “shoulder season,” from mid-September to mid-June (except holidays).
Local lodgings charge their guests an additional 2 percent tax to help promote events and other things that draw people into town for a stay. Half that money goes to Cambria’s board to help increase overnight stays there — the rest supports tourism countywide in unincorporated areas.
The San Simeon Tourism Alliance is a similar group in that coastal community, and some other unincorporated communities in the county have their own boards, all of which operate under the umbrella of the countywide Tourism Business Improvement District.