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MEDIA RELEASES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 10, 2019
JTNP – GOVT. SHUTDOWN UPDATE: Joshua Tree National Park will now remain OPEN during the government shutdown, although previously announced that it might be temporarily closed to all visitors, beginning January 10. Areas that were recently closed will be accessible to park visitors starting on Thursday, January 10, including: All campgrounds, Stirrup Tank Road, Lost Horse Mine Road and Trail, Key’s View Road, Rattlesnake Canyon Picnic Area and Road. The JTNP Association’s visitor center on Park Blvd. in Joshua Tree will reopen; all other NPS visitor centers remain closed, including the Oasis Visitor Center in 29 Palms. Entrance stations will be open to provide safety and resource protection messages to arriving visitors, but entrance fees and camping fees will not be collected. Also, our city Visitor Center at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at Desert Queen Ave. in downtown 29 Palms is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is well stocked with park maps, brochures, and other area information. For ongoing news and updates, see our Visit 29 Palms Facebook page. For current NPS news releases, see the JTNP website news page. For other things to see and do in 29 Palms, see our Blog Page.

January 2, 2019
JTNP – GOVT. SHUTDOWN UPDATE: Effective Wednesday, January 2, campsites in Joshua Tree National Park are CLOSED due to the government shutdown, and day visitors will be asked to leave by sunset. Toilets in the park are also closed due to lack of park maintenance. Please be respectful of the park, pack out your trash and “leave no trace!”

January 2, 2019
VISIT 29 CLEANUP EFFORT IN JT NATIONAL PARK: See our Blog Page for news about the community effort to assist in cleaning up Joshua Tree National Park during the government shutdown–a joint effort by Visit 29 Palms (TBID), 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Twentynine Palms. Read more…

December 31, 2018
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ALERT: Joshua Tree National Park gates will remain OPEN during the government shutdown. However, Campsites will be CLOSED effective at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Visitors can enter the park and can access trails and roads and will be asked to leave by sunset. Park visitor centers will be closed, restrooms with water will be locked, and no one will be handling park passes, reservations, or information services. Minimal NPS staff will be on duty (only law enforcement rangers), which means no rangers at entrance gates, no ranger programs, no road or campsite maintenance, no trash pickup, no servicing of vault toilets, etc. Visitors are on their own and are asked to be respectful of others and carry out their own trash. Leave no trace!
Visitors can also visit other local sites, including Mojave Trails National Monument, Amboy Crater, and Mojave National Preserve. Information on these and other sites and local attractions can be found at www.Visit29.org/explore.

October 13, 2018
NATIONAL PARK ALERT: The Oct. 12 thunderstorm caused major road damage in and around Joshua Tree National Park. Power and internet services were out in many park buildings and multiple closures were in effect due to severe flood damage. Read more…

September 19, 2018
BLM Orientation for Mojave Trails: The Twentynine Palms Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) hosted a BLM orientation on Sept. 18 to share information with local hospitality staff about Mojave Trails National Monument and other public lands bordering Twentynine Palms. Read more…
(Also see our Mojave Trails page … and our Field Trip blog post.)

ABOUT US: “Visit 29!” TBID

“Visit 29!” — Twentynine Palms Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) Advisory Board meets monthly at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. Generally, meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m, and an annual meeting is hosted in June.
To view TBID agendas, minutes, and upcoming meetings, click here.

The Parking and Business Improvement Area Law of 1989 (Section 36500 et. seq., of the California Streets and Highways Code) authorizes cities to establish business improvement areas for the purpose of promoting tourism. In accordance with the Parking and Business Improvement Area Law of 1989, the City of Twentynine Palms established the Twentynine Palms Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) to levy and collect assessments from all hotels, motels, and vacation home rentals, and any other business providing transient occupancies and subject to the City’s Transit Occupancy Tax, within the boundaries of the City, to raise funds to promote tourism within the City.

The TBID became operational on October 1, 2017. The TBID is managed by a TBID Advisory Board, which was appointed by the City Council. Current TBID Advisory Board members as appointed by the City Council are:

Rakesh Mehta, Best Western Gardens Hotel – Chair
Ann Congdon, Broadview Hacienda (VHR) -Vice Chair
Heidi Grunt, Historic Inns of 29 Palms – Boardmember
Nalini (Ash) Maharaj, Harmony Hotel – Boardmember
Kristina Viloria, Rodeway Inn – Boardmember

Breanne Dusastre – Director of Marketing and Tourism Development

The Advisory Board is required to submit an annual report to City Council, which includes a budget for operations and an identification of marketing efforts to be undertaken by the TBID for the ensuing fiscal year. Activities funded by the levy of assessments would generally include marketing programs to promote Twentynine Palms as an overnight tourism destination, including marketing, advertising, public relations and other related activities as determined by the Advisory Board. The City Manager is authorized to make expenditures that are consistent with the annual budget approved by the Advisory Board and City Council.
Click the PDF link below to view the TBID Marketing Plan for 2018-2019.

PDF – 2018-2019 TBID Tourism Marketing Plan and Budget – Marketing Plan and Budget for City of Twentynine Palms, California, Tourism Business Improvement District