The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome Yarely Corona as their new Tourism Coordinator.
Born and raised in Santa Maria, Corona has deep roots in the local community. She graduated from Cal Poly with a B.S in Agricultural Business and worked 5 years for the California Strawberry Commission as their Events & Outreach Coordinator.
Corona says that as the Tourism Coordinator for the Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau, she is excited to work in a position where she can advocate for all that is great about Santa Maria.
“What I really like most about Santa Maria is the sense of community one gets living here and simply just visiting,” Corona said. “Throughout my time away from Santa Maria, I heard that comment from various people that had visited this area; they all felt that laid back, hardworking, passionate community vibe we naturally give off.”
Corona says her experience working with the Strawberry Commission will help in her new position at the Chamber. “I worked statewide with different departments handling all public events the Commission was a part of,” she explained. “I think this experience will help when learning how to navigate the world of tourism. I would love to get new groups of tourists into the area and really showcase what the Santa Maria Valley has to offer.”
Jennifer Harrison, Director of Tourism for the Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau, says she is excited to have Corona as part of the Visitors Bureau. “Yarely’s background as a Santa Maria Valley native, along with her education, leadership and work experience, make us confident she will be able to actively engage the local tourism community and assist in building our current and upcoming programs,” Harrison said. “Local tourism is thriving and being able to bring an addition to the team that can sustain that momentum will play a key role in our overall success.”
Corona says she’s excited to learn and grow into her new position, and advocate for all that’s great about Santa Maria. “I am extremely excited and thankful to have been given this opportunity to represent the community that raised me,” she said, “and show others what it’s like to do things #SantaMariaStyle!”