Grand reopening for Pacific Grove Tourist Information Center next week

PACIFIC GROVE – The Pacific Grove Tourist Information Center is throwing its doors open to guests once again after being closed for about 15 months due to the pandemic.

“Since closing, we learned that it is critical to businesses in the 2-mile radius” of the tourist information center, said Moe Ammar, Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce president. “It is the only local source of tourist information needed by the visitors to the area.”

The P.G. Tourist Information Center is located at 100 Central Ave. in Pacific Grove and will have a grand reopening party Tuesday from 11 a.m.-noon as the chamber of commerce staff is joined by Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Peake for a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 that morning. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the center’s reopening with refreshments provided by neighboring Il Vecchio restaurant.

Ammar said the information center serves as the primary visitor education and orientation point and is a crucial waypoint for travelers to the area.

“Some tourists staying at hotels rely on the concierge services, but 90% of the lodging establishments do not have a concierge service,” said Ammar. “Although Yelp is a source, most visitors want a recommendation from a destination expert that is intimately familiar with the business community.”

The Pacific Grove Tourist Information Center first opened in 2013 and has been a resource for those visiting the area. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the temporary closure of the facility, the center served more than 75,000 visitors annually. It is located on one of the main arteries of Pacific Grove, near the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the New Monterey business district.

Travelers eager to learn about the area inquire most frequently about many topics relating to real estate, dining, lodging, bike rentals, and various attractions including the recreation trail, whale watching, kayaking, 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and parking.

The Tourist Information Center is primarily volunteer-driven and managed by Renee Crocker, a local businesswoman and a Pacific Grove resident for more than 45 years.

For more information, contact Chamber Director of Marketing & Public Affairs, Peter Mounteer at (831) 373-3304 or send him an email at

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