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Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (YMCTB) is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for the County of Mariposa. It's function is to manage the branding, sales and marketing efforts for the territory to attract leisure and group overnight stays. The primary focus is to generate room nights during the off-season.

Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau is responsible for the creation and implementation of advertising campaigns and promotions which include a broad range of media and efforts consisting of television, radio, social media, online, print, promotions and event support.


Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau’s funding comes from two sources:

1) 1.5% levy on room revenue collected from the visitor. This is a temporary increase from 1.% due to financial impacts of COVID-19 and a reduction in Mariposa County funding.  This is a structured Tourism Business Improvement District with a scheduled operation guideline referred to as a Mariposa County Tourism Management District Plan. YMCTB has also received grants and loans to help operate during the pandemic.


2) An reduced allocation from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors – currently $50,000.  Normally the allocation is between $500,000 and $600,000.

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Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau currently has five full-time staff:

CEO & Executive Director – Jonathan Farrington
Director of Marketing and Creative – Ellen Bergstone Wasil
Director of Communications – Tony McDaniel
Travel Trade & Operations Manager – Julie Hadzega
Social Media & Content Curator – Craig Polson


Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau retains several vendors to help carry out its broad range of activities:

  • Noble Studios – Noble Studios advises and assists YMCTB in their media purchases and execution of campaigns.
  • Townsend Public Affairs – Assistance with legislative issues in Washington D.C. and Sacramento involving Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County as well as sourcing grants and financial support for large-scale projects affecting tourism in the county.
  • International Offices – Through the umbrella operations of Visit California, the YMCTB contracts with representation offices in Australia, Germany,  and the United Kingdom.  Activities include daily representation of the destination to the travel trade, media, and consumer.  The offices carry out educational training programs for front-line travel agents, develop itineraries and programs with tour operators, pitch story ideas to the media, and coordinate cooperative promotions with airlines, tour operators, and non-tourism sector companies.

What We Can Do for You

Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau supports every type of lodging property in Mariposa County.  The following are some examples of the efforts undertaken to promote Mariposa County lodging:

  • Property listing on the website at no cost.
  • Marketing assistance
  • Free listing in Yosemite Mariposa Travel Planner
  • Facilitate site visits for tour operators, media, and other industry decision-makers.
  • Promotion via “Yosemite Nation”, Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau’s Facebook page and related social media platforms (140,000 combined reach) – discretionary, if suitable.

Promote the properties and destination at consumer and travel trade shows throughout the world.
Some examples are:

International POW WOW (IPW)
ITB – Berlin
World Travel Mart (WTM) in London
Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show
Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show
National Tour Association (NTA)
Go West Summit


We are able to enhance our marketing outreach through affiliation with several organizations that help us extend our limited marketing dollars:

  • Visit California
  • Gold Country Visitor Association
  • High Sierra Visitors Council
  • Brand USA
  • Yosemite Gateway Partners
  • San Francisco Travel
  • Sacramento CVB and others

Contact Information

Mailing Address – P.O. Box 967, Mariposa, CA 95338
Physical Address – 5065 State Highway 140, Suite E, Mariposa, CA 95338
Office Hours – Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 PM
Office Phone – (209) 742-4567
Fax – (209) 742-5176
Follow us @YosemiteNation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

YMCTB’s guest post and out-bound link policy:

The Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau is fully supported for blog content and is not taking submissions for content to be published on from sources outside of our lodging association members or retained partners. Additionally, at the recommendation of our digital agency of record, the Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau and does not offer outbound links to websites that are not our local or state agency partners or our local lodging or business partners.









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