Visit SLO CAL is the non-profit countywide destination marketing organization for San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL). Through marketing, advertising, public relations, group sales, promotions, events and sponsorship, our goal is to brand SLO CAL as a choice destination for regional, national and international travelers, promoting the region in feeder markets throughout the world.
Visit SLO CAL partners closely with tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, activities, golf courses and retail stores to create a unified marketing approach that fosters growth and creates life-long ambassadors for travel in San Luis Obispo County.
A vibrant and prosperous San Luis Obispo County, fueled by a collaborative and flourishing tourism industry.
Inspire travel and foster our unique experiences to create life-long ambassadors and economic growth for San Luis Obispo County.
Delivering today with an eye on tomorrow
Our partnerships inform and support economic success
We bring enthusiasm to our initiatives and a focus on results
We are mindful of our resources and the SLO County brand
To view our multi-year strategic plan, click here.
Clint Pearce, Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo (—June 2019) • Chair
John Arnold, Holiday Inn Express, Paso Robles (—June 2018) • Vice Chair
Aaron Graves, The Rigdon House, Cambria (—June 2018) • Treasurer
Jay Jamison, Pismo Coast Village, Pismo Beach (—June 2019) • Past President
Jim Hamilton, County At-Large Appointee (—June 2020)
Kathleen Bonelli, Paso Robles Vacation Rentals (—June 2019), Paso Robles
Mark Eads, SeaVenture Beach Hotel, Pismo Beach (—June 2019)
Sarah Maggelet, Sarah's Suite (—June 2019)
Sam Miller, Holiday Inn Express, Grover Beach (—June 2018)
Hemant Patel, Comfort Inn, Morro Bay (—June 2020)
Nipool Patel, Lamplighter Inn & Suites, San Luis Obispo (—June 2020)
Amar Sohi, The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Atascadero (—June 2020)
Roger Wightman, Sandcastle Inn, Pismo Beach (—June 2018)
Audrey Arellano, Cambria Inns
Ashlee Akers, Verdin
Jim Allen, Hearst Castle
Terrie Banish, City of Atascadero
Jocelyn Brennan, Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce
Molly Cano, City of San Luis Obispo
Cheryl Cuming, Unincorporated County Business Improvement District (CBID)
Christen Goldie, The Apple Farm
Lindsey Hartig, Martin Resorts
Gordon Jackson, Pismo Beach CVB
Jennifer Little, City of Morro Bay
Courtney Meznarich, AMF Media Group
Heather Muran, San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association
Jennifer Porter, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance
John Sorgenfrei, TJA Advertising
Danna Stroud, Travel Paso
Jill Tweedie, Breakaway Tours & Event Planning
Jim Bergman, City Manager, City of Arroyo Grande
Matthew Bronson, City Manager, City of Grover Beach
Scott Collins, City Manager, City of Morro Bay
Lynn Compton, Supervisor, County of San Luis Obispo
Thomas Frutchey, City Manager, City of Paso Robles
Barbara Harmon, Council Member, City of Arroyo Grande
Wade Horton, County Administrative Officer, County of San Luis Obispo
Erik Howell, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Pismo Beach
Derek Johnson, City Manager, City of San Luis Obispo
Jim Lewis, City Manager, City of Pismo Beach
Tom O'Malley, Mayor, City of Atascadero
Steve Martin, Mayor, City of Paso Robles
Heidi Harmon, Mayor, City of San Luis Obispo
Rachelle Rickard, City Manager, City of Atascadero
Mariam Shah, Mayor Pro Tem, Grover Beach
Red Davis, Council Member, City of Morro Bay
Chuck Davison President & CEO Chuck@SLOCAL.com
Brooke Burnham Vice President of Marketing Brooke@SLOCAL.com
Christine Robertson Vice President of Community Engagement & Advocacy Christine@SLOCAL.com
Michael Wambolt Director of Travel Trade Michael@SLOCAL.com
Keba Baird Director of Communications Keba@SLOCAL.com
Brendan Pringle Operations Manager Brendan@SLOCAL.com
Yarina Valverde Brand & Digital Manager Yarina@SLOCAL.com
Jordan Carson Marketing Coordinator Jordan@SLOCAL.com
Kylee Corliss Film Commission Liaison Kylee@SLOCAL.com
In 2017, VSC launched the first-ever countywide destination brand, SLO CAL. SLO CAL represents and unites the entire county through a new logo, trademarked slogan, brand promise, iconic still images and engaging video, which are incorporated throughout VSC’s marketing efforts, including advertising, public relations, social media, the new SLOCAL.com website, promotional videos and email marketing.
SLO CAL establishes a geographical location for the county while at the same time representing its unique pace of life and personality. The new brand evokes feelings of relaxation and the freedom to experience life at your own pace — the SLO CAL way of life.
In 2016, VSC conducted multiple research studies to inform the branding process including a feeder market awareness study (FMS) and a share of wallet study (SOWS) and demographic study, surveying over 2,200 consumers to gauge the awareness and perception of San Luis Obispo County as a tourism destination.
Through these studies, VSC found that the majority of consumers surveyed did not know much, if anything, about San Luis Obispo County or what the county offers to travelers. When compared to competitors with similar attributes, San Luis Obispo County was perceived as not having any advantage over them and lacking in other desired attributes.
To overcome the lack of awareness and to capitalize on positive attributes, the consumer research was presented to BCF, VSC’s agency of record, to craft a brand that would emotionally resonate with consumers. VSC invited over 900 county stakeholders to interviews and meetings, and used the feedback, in combination with that of the Marketing Committee, Board of Directors, staff and agency to develop brand concepts.
These brand concepts were then shared and tested, both locally and in our key markets, to ensure the final brand and logo accurately represented our destination and effectively engaged potential travelers.
On January 23rd, 2017, the new SLO CAL brand and corresponding “Life’s Too Beautiful to Rush®” (LTBTR) campaign was launched with digital banners, social media, native and video communications in our key target markets of Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego.
Our marketing strategy will continue to focus on expanding the brand presence for SLO CAL; growing awareness of the SLO CAL brand and destination; developing a stronger and deeper engagement with visitors and driving demand for visitation to the county. In February 2018, VSC launched the brand new SLOCAL.com which embodies the SLO CAL brand through more a more robust user experience, all new content and video, imagery.