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Napa Valley Expects Tourism To Continue Despite Earthquake
The 6.0 magnitude earthquake left 2 hotels and 12 wineries closed on Monday, but they are putting the pieces back together quickly.
"Clearly, we are concerned that people are going to see that it was a catastrophe, and it certainly wasn't good, but it wasn't a catastrophe by any means," Clay Gregory, president of tourism organization Visit Napa Valley, said as workers at a shuttered downtown visitor's center updated lists of open wineries and surveyed hotels about cancellations. "The real story is that it has impacted a very small part of the valley."
Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd has stated that most of the valley's 500 wineries were not affected and will continue to operate as normal.
Many hotels, likewise, have continued to stay booked, even as guests called to get an overview of the damage.
Cynthia Kroll, an economist with the Association of Bay Area Governments stated that Napa might have some immediate harm, but "I certainly don't expect it to have any long-term effects on the area."