Tourists visiting Arizona spent a record $21.2 billion in the state last year. And they would have spent more if gasoline had been more expensive.Read More »
The Arizona Office of Tourism has a new director. Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday that Sherry Henry is retiring and Debbie Johnson has been appointed the office's new director.Read More »
People across the country and around the world flock to Arizona to gaze into the vast depths of the Grand Canyon and bask in mild winters while attending some of the largest sporting events of the year, including the occasional Super Bowl.Read More »
Building the Arizona Brand: Faced with a total fund sweep, the tourism industry says it’s worth the investment
Arizona’s moderate winters, diverse geography and year-round golfing have long been a draw for visitors from around the country and the world. From the awe-inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon and Sedona’s red rocks to the rich history of Route 66 and Tombstone, the state offers something for just about everyone. The mere existence of these attractions isn’t enough, some say. Making sure would-be visitors actually step foot — and spend money — in Arizona requires investment at the state level. Those in the tourism industry say the state’s appeal needs to be fostered and its promotion consistently funded.Read More »
According to data released by Smith Travel Research, an independent firm serving the hospitality industry, hotels all across Arizona lost significant business while news coverage and commentary about SB1070 roared across the country.
Now industry insiders fear the latest slate of immigration bills will trigger another jolt of negative nationwide publicity, and lead to a second big decline in business.