Garden Grove

Touting tourism’s big rebound

HYATT REGENCY Orange County Hotel in Garden Grove.

The coronavirus pandemic was a tragedy in terms of the loss of human life, and affected many other things as well.

COVID-19 brought restrictions on travel, commerce and entertainment. It ravaged the hotel industry, which in turn dug a big hole in the budgets of cities that relied on “bed tax” from those establishments to balance the books.

Garden Grove is one of those cities, but the news on that front is good.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the city council there will be a presentation on the “Garden Grove Tourism Recovery” update made by Kevin Schjel, chair of the Garden Grove Tourism Improvement District and Junior Tauvaa, marketing director for Visit Anaheim.

The recovery of the tourism business comes at a time when three new major hotels are scheduled to begin construction on Harbor Boulevard soon, perhaps in 2023.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is a community spotlight recognizing the Garden Grove Unified School District for its awards and achievements in 2022.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave., east of Euclid Street.

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