The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), with the help of its hospitality partners, is helping residents celebrate the holidays by launching the Extra Bedroom Program, which offers deep discounts to local residents and their visiting friends and families.

The program allows locals to enjoy the city with their families and rediscover the destination, which was named one of National Geographic’s “Top Ten Beach Cities” in the world in 2010, tourism officials said.

From Nov. 15 through Jan. 24 all Santa Monica residents with proof of residency (California ID or driver’s license) can take advantage of a number of discounts and special offers for visiting friends and family. Between discounted hotel rooms, offers at Santa Monica attractions like Pacific Park and the Trapeze School and a number of specials at top Santa Monica restaurants, there are plenty of reasons for residents to encourage their visiting family to stay, play and buy local, said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of the SMCVB.

“We are thrilled to again be able to offer our residents an opportunity to make it easier for them to accommodate their visiting guests during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year,” Kerns said. “We hope to encourage our residents and their visiting family and friends to stay local and explore all the great things Santa Monica has to offer during the holiday season.”

For a full list of program offers and participating Santa Monica businesses visit www.SantaMonica.com/extrabedroom.

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