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14 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 T hink about Greater Ontario, California, located 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. To be so centrally located in Southern California and an attractive springboard to everything else going on in the region probably makes other cities a little jealous; and for good reason. Ontario, population 170,000, and its smaller neighbor, Rancho Cucamonga, welcome visitors to stay awhile before heading out to the long list of activities from which visitors can choose. "We are 30 to 45 minutes from downtown L.A. We are a hub around which there are a lot of major things to do," said Mi- chael Krouse, president and CEO of the Greater Ontario Con- vention and Visitors Bureau. The CVB represents both Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, and it promotes the area as a team. "The two cities have approximately the same population. On- tario has an arena, convention center, international airport and Ontario Mills, a world-class shopping center," said Krouse. People may travel to and stay in Greater Ontario, known as the Inland Empire but then take trips to L.A., San Diego, Hol- lywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, wineries, casinos, the des- ert, beaches, snowy mountains, golf courses and some of the BY DAN DICKSON best shopping west of the Mississippi. Ontario is located at the intersection of three major California freeways, making access to other state attractions as easy as can be. And the lucky attendees at the next Select Traveler Confer- ence, to be held February 5-7, 2017, will all meet in Ontario. By next February, many Select Traveler delegates will be sick of winter back home. Greater Ontario will be just the tonic, with sunny, dry, comfortable days and nights aplenty. High temper- atures in February are typically in the 60s. This area is nestled along the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. "We are doing something completely different. It's the fi rst time we have been out in California, that far west," said Joe Cappuzzello, president and CEO of the Group Travel Family, which stages the Select Traveler Conference. "It will be a great venue, an almost brand-new convention center and beautiful weather." The gathering will be held in the beautiful, sunlight-infused Ontario Convention Center. The offi cial conference hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton, a resort-style upscale hotel, is steps away. Both are located a mere six-minute drive from the LA/Ontario International Airport, one of the best smaller, alternative airports C O N F E R E N C E connection Twickenham Antebellum District ENJOY A FEBRUARY FLING! SELECT TRAVELER CONFERENCE HEADS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

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