Tag: Big Bear Visitors Bureau

Honoring Dick Kun

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 30, 2015 – On Monday evening in Hofert Hall, Mayor Dave Caretto and the Big Bear Lake City Council invited the community to join them in honoring Dick Kun. They were there to acknowledge Dick for his decades of exceptional stewardship of Big Bear’s two resorts and service to this community. Dick’s attention to snowmaking, lift-line management, and customer service have created two world class resorts that bring close to a million skiers and snowboarders to our mountain community every year. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are critical in helping to drive the economy of Big Bear. Dick also helped create the Resort Association, now known as the Visitor’s Bureau. He recognized the value of having Big Bear businesses work together to help give visitors to our valley a better, more full service experience while staying in our community. Dick has also helped by lending his voice and expertise to many local organizations and causes. He has been deeply involved with both the Rotary Club of Big Bear and the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce. Longtime, well known members of the community as well as dignitaries from the city, all pictured above, spoke eloquently in paying tribute to Dick Kun’s many years of service to our community. The word describing Dick that was repeated the most was ‘visionary’. Thank you, Mr. Kun.  ...

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Busy Labor Day Weekend in the Valley

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 4, 2014 – As the unofficial end of the summer season, Labor Day Weekend and all the visitors it brings to the valley is something local businesses in Big Bear look forward to every year. Judging by the never ending line of traffic heading west from Big Bear City towards Big Bear Lake and the checkout lines at the grocery store, there were a lot of people enjoying what our valley has to offer. According to the MWD, many of those visitors were out on the lake. On Saturday afternoon there were 545 boats on the water and on Sunday there were 352. This is double the number of boats out on a typical Saturday or Sunday. There were also 571 boat launches from the two public ramps. These numbers are similar to 2013, however last year Sunday was the busy day. From an informal survey of several restaurants both in Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City, most said it was their busiest weekend of the summer. Also, the private home rental businesses reported over 95%...

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July 4th Wrap-Up

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2014 – The lake level is about 9 1/2 feet down this week, and according to the Municipal Water District, the number of boats on the water was down over July 4th, compared to past years. Despite Independence Day falling on a Friday, there were only 349 vessels counted after 3pm. By comparison, there were 996 counted on July 4th in 1996 and 1,000 in 2009. The rest of the 2014 holiday weekend showed the same trend, with 364 boats on Saturday and 322 on Sunday. But the low numbers might have contributed to the good safety record over the three-day period: there were no citations or accidents. Mike Stephenson, Interim General Manager at the MWD through October, said, “As long as no one gets hurt we feel like we had a successful weekend. And if vacationers weren’t making it out to the lake in droves, there were still plenty of them in the valley. Rebecca Hrabia of the Big Bear Visitors Bureau reports that the 800-900 units of available lodging were sold out, and that their website continued its average annual gain of 10%....

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Resort Association Turning 20, Changing Name

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 4, 2013 – The Big Bear Lake Resort Association is now doing business as the Big Bear Visitors Bureau. The name change was approved by the Association’s board of directors at its last board meeting in November. Director of Operations Rebecca Hrabia explained, “‘Resort Association’ is not a common term used in the travel industry. We have progressed so much over the years that it was only fitting to change our name to something that ties in well with our mission to promote tourism in Big Bear.” The name change comes in time for the organization’s 20-year anniversary in 2014. Big Bear Visitors Bureau is a voluntary membership-based organization charged with marketing the Big Bear Valley. Voluntary membership dues give it a marketing budget of over $1,000,000, which pays for television and radio advertising, broadcast promotions, publicity, Internet, Central reservations and collateral materials, including the Big Bear Lake Visitor’s Guide and the Where to Eat, Shop & Play...

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