Kern County Board of Trade, Tourism Bureau & Film Commission

Mission Statement: To contribute to Kern County's economy and quality of life by globally marketing its unique treasures, identifying tourism and filmmaking opportunities, enhancing the image of Kern County as a visitor destination, and creating a unified strategy to meet those goals.

 
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07/17/13 Kern County Visitor Spending Hits All Time High (PDF)
In 2011, travel spending totaled $1.28 Billion and supported 12,990 jobs. Film and Television production companies spent $18.8 million while shooting at locations throughout the county.
05/31/13 California Travel Impacts by County, 1992 - 2011 (1,812K PDF)

About Us

The Kern County Board of Trade is responsible for promoting and marketing Kern County. Founded in 1888 with the mission to "extol the virtues of Kern County to the East," the Board of Trade specifically administers:

  • Kern County's official tourism bureau, providing visitor information and promoting Kern County as a travel/tourism destination.   Tourism Bureau Web Site       Visitor's Guide
  • The Kern County Film Commission, providing permits and services for film, television and commercial production, as well as marketing Kern County as a location for filming.   Film Commission Web Site
  • Information on Kern County as one of California's premiere retirement destinations with information on housing, activities, services and quality of life.

Each of these areas has a significant economic influence in Kern County.

The Board of Trade also serves as administrator of the county's Tourism Promotion Grant Program and conducts a number of special events to raise the profile and influence of Kern County, including the annual State of the County Dinner.

Board of Directors

The ten-member Board of Directors is appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors (two per district) to advise and assist the department in the promotion of Kern County as a tourism destination for the purpose of economic development. Directors serve an indefinite term at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors.

List of Directors

Directors traditionally convene on the fourth Wednesday of each odd-numbered month, with meetings located throughout the county as determined by the Board. For meeting time, location or agenda information, please contact the Board of Trade.

Travel/Tourism Statistics

Overview

Travel and tourism is a billion-dollar industry in Kern County. In 2011, travel spending totaled $1.28 Billion and supported 12,990 jobs. Film and Television production companies spent $18.8 million while shooting at locations throughout the county.

Statistics

   07/17/13 Kern County Visitor Spending Hits All Time High (PDF)
   05/31/13 California Travel Impacts by County, 1992 - 2011 (1,812K PDF)

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