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Published on : Friday, October 13, 2017
The administration of California are sending the visitors packing to their home, which is threatening around $2 billion-plus spent annually by tourists on wine tours, fine food, limousine rides and much more.
At the Inn on First bed and breakfast in the famous wine town of Napa, co-owner Jamie Cherry was encouraging callers to delay rather than cancel visits, as wildfires burned largely unchecked across the region.
Most of the tourists are cancelling their trips to California. The fast moving wildfire have killed at least 26 people and left hundreds missing in an area which is less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco.
The economy of California is mostly dependent on wine business and the tourism related with the wine factories and the breweries.
There is a scene of hundreds of wineries, expensive restaurants and bucolic rolling scenery. The wine country of Sonoma and Napa counties is a major draw for visitors.
The limousines and buses clog parking lots at weekends as visitors sip Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignons in towns known for their mix of rural and cosmopolitan vibes.
Now after the wildfires at least 13 burned wineries, shuttered tasting rooms and thick smoke in the air from nearly two dozen fires that have overcooked more than 190,000 acres of land across the state, which make the major hindrance to regain its economy. As tourism and wine industry are the major tourism attractions, all are under the grave.
Previously Napa Valley welcomed 3.5 million visitors last year, with overnight guests spending on average $402 per day.