California island gets overhaul to boost tourism

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — In a bid to revive tourism, California's Santa Catalina Island has undertaken its biggest overhaul in nearly a century.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday (http://lat.ms/OJOU0H) that the harbor town of Avalon is adding a new museum, hotel, spa and wine-tasting room in an effort to lure more visitors from the mainland.

It is the biggest overhaul on the island off the coast of Southern California since chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. built a casino in Avalon in the 1920s.

In the 1960s, developers shifted their eye to newer resorts on the mainland near Palm Springs and Disneyland.

But island tourism has risen in the last four years since a zip line and new museum exhibits were added.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com