Tourism positively impacts our local economy and support thousands of jobs in our area.  Please join us as we celebrate National Tourism Week with a special luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Country Club!

Our event will be held in the dining room at the beautiful Mediterranean-style clubhouse, which overlooks the 18th green. We will enjoy a Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip Barbecue lunch followed by strawberry icecream garnished with fresh strawberries, mint and whip cream.

The Country Club is home to a gorgeous golf course which winds its way over 120 acres of magnificently landscaped grounds.  The many stately Monterey pines, Cypress trees, ornamental plants, waterfalls and lakes add to the challenge and scenic beauty of the course, which holds numerous statewide competitions throughout the year.

You’ll also find Keith Bowker and the Central Coast Tennis Association staff.  Keith Bowker will be honored this year with the Mayor’s Award for his contributions to tourism in our city.  He and his staff have shown great dedication and hard work in to hosting annual tennis tournaments that bring in athletes from all over the world.

There are six tournament-level, fully lighted and wind-sheltered courts which allow for great play all year round at the Country Club. One of Keith’s primary goals is to grow both adult and junior tennis in Santa Maria. With this in mind, he and Darien have raised the standard level of the annual Santa Maria Open tennis tournament to that of an international level by bringing players, their families and fans from countries all over the world to enjoy the hospitality of hotels and surroundings of the beautiful Santa Maria Valley.

Congratulations to Keith and many thanks for supporting our mission and being so great to work with!

A special concert by Coastal Voices will follow the awards ceremony.  This non-profit choral group strives to ‘share the exaltation, animation and enlightenment that music brings with its constituency on the Central Coast by presenting vocal and instrumental music of all ages that is both accessible and stimulating for performers and audiences.  In order to share the joy of music and of music making, Coastal Voices strives to present musical performances of the highest caliber.  Through its performances, Coastal Voices hopes to nourish the centuries old tradition of choral art and foster new interest in becoming a participant in that tradition.’

Performances are under the direction of Margaret Nelson. Two concerts are given annually, featuring two performances each.  The upcoming Spring Concert will be held May 14 and 16. Visit for details.

New to this year’s event will be a Spotlight on Santa Maria Valley – a mini tradeshow in which local members of our tourism industry will be available to talk about their offerings.  There are ten tables available and this opportunity is open to members only. Please contact to reserve a table for your tourism-related company.

The Details:

What:              Annual Tourism Luncheon

When:              Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Time:               12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:             Santa Maria Country Club, 505 W. Waller, Santa Maria

Cost:                $17 per person

RSVP:             (805) 925-2403 ext. 816 or through our online event calendar