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Casino revenues grow faster than national rate

New Construction on Vee Quiva Casino

Indian gaming revenue in Arizona grew by 3 percent in 2012, even though no new facilities came online and the number of games in the state actually declined that year. The numbers were included in a recent report by Casino City Press, which said revenue at Arizona’s 22 tribal casinos grew by about $50 million,… Read More →

Arizona scores NFL’s 2015 Pro Bowl


The next Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona at the site of the Super Bowl, skipping Hawaii for the first time since 2010. The game will return to Hawaii in 2016, the NFL announced Wednesday. The 2015 game will be the third time the Pro Bowl is held in the same city as the… Read More →

AZ Hoteliers earn national awards

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Arizona took center stage and took home two national awards at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) annual Stars of the Industry awards ceremony held this week in Washington, DC. The “Outstanding Manager of the Year, Large Property” was awarded to Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Williams has… Read More →

Spring training attendance grows


Major League Baseball says spring training games drew a record average of 8,078 fans, up 7.3 percent from last year’s 7,527. The previous mark of 7,793 had been set in 2008. Overall attendance for 447 dates was 3,610,738, baseball’s fifth-highest total, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs drew 213,815 fans and an average… Read More →

Sky Harbor Honored at World Airport Awards


The SkyTrax’s World Airport Awards, a global benchmark of airport excellence, recently named Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as one of the World’s Best Airports serving 40-50 million passengers in 2014. Phoenix Sky Harbor ranked seventh in the world and joins the ranks of other international airports such as Incheon International Airport in South Korea… Read More →

Super Bowl Central will take over downtown

From left: David Rousseau, Chairman of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Jay Parry, President & CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallego, Councilwoman District 8, Jim Waring, vice mayor of Phoenix and Michael Nowakowski, Councilman District 7.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced several major initiatives that will take over 12 city blocks in downtown Phoenix and together will serve as the hub of fan, sponsor, media and NFL activities for Super Bowl XLIX. The activities will cover 5th Street to First Avenue and Jefferson Street to Monroe Street and be… Read More →

Arizonan buys historic Hassayampa Inn


Corporación de La Fonda announced today that it has closed the sale of the Hassayampa Inn, a 67-room full-service art-deco hotel built in 1927 and located in Prescott. The property was acquired by Michael V. Kouvelas, current general manager of the hotel. Kouvelas is an Arizona resident and second-generation hotelier as principal of Aris Ventures,… Read More →

Sedona No. 13 among Top 25 U.S. Destinations


Sedona has been ranked as one of the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 “Top 25 Destinations in the United States.” Coming in at No. 13, Sedona is pleased with the abundance of positive feedback and awe-inspiring reaction of both long time visitors and newcomers to the area. “Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the… Read More →

Sky Harbor Now Offers Early Bag Check

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is bringing its popular Early Bag Check service to the Rental Car Center. The free service, already available at Sky Harbor’s East Economy Parking and 44th Street PHX Sky Train® station, officially launched this week. Travelers flying American Airlines, Southwest Airlines or US Airways can now check their luggage immediately… Read More →

Will 1062 hurt bid for 2016 GOP Convention?


State legislation that would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gays for religious reasons likely won’t impact Phoenix’s chances of hosting the 2016 national convention, Arizona Republican Party officials said Thursday. The Republican National Committee’s focus in evaluating potential sites is on venues, transportation and security, Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham said. “If… Read More →

Scottsdale Promotes Spring Training in Denver, S.F.

February 19, 2014 by in Featured | Play Ball | Tourism

Spring training is a short countdown away, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is reminding Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants fans that Scottsdale is the place to be for baseball and sunshine. The bureau unveiled exterior and interior ad placements on the Denver Light Rail on Dec. 30 to promote Scottsdale’s spring training… Read More →

Chalk One Up for the Grand Canyon

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Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World right on the streets of Los Angeles, California (L.A.)! The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is promoting travel to Arizona,, and has commissioned chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum, one of the world’s foremost 3D street painters, to capture the… Read More →

Hotel Palomar Phoenix Offers Spring Training Package

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February 11, 2014 by in Featured | Tourism

Batter up! Baseball season is around the corner as Spring Training officially kicks off in Arizona on Feb. 27 with the Cactus League playing at 11 stadiums across the Valley.  Fans from all over the country are taking over the Valley of the Sun to cheer on their home team. Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel, Kimpton’s… Read More →

AIGA's Spicer Was Featured Speaker in London

Valerie Spicer, Executive Director Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA), was a featured panelist at ICE Totally Gaming seminar, “Opportunities in Indian Country” on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in London, UK.  The seminar is co-produced by ICE Totally Gaming and Victor Rocha of in cooperation with Clarion Gaming’s Ewa Bakun.  Spicer is featured on the… Read More →

DoubleTree by Hilton Debuts in Flagstaff

January 30, 2014 by in Business News | Tourism

DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff following a nine-month, multi-million dollar renovation. The newly upgraded 183-room property, formerly an independent hotel, is located along the iconic Route 66, two miles from historic downtown Flagstaff, and just five miles from Flagstaff Pulliam Airport and 140 miles from… Read More →

Luxury Lake Yacht Rentals to Be Introduced at Lake Powell

January 9, 2014 by in Featured | Tourism | Travel

A new level of luxury is coming to the magnificent Lake Powell with the addition of the new Axiom Star fleet, a one-of-a-kind collection of lake yachts. Beginning today, guests can book their summer vacation on one of Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas’ new lavish vessels. “We are excited to offer our guests the opportunity… Read More →

Omni Acquires Montelucia Resort & Spa

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Omni Hotels & Resorts and KSL Capital Partners, LLC, a leading private equity firm, today announced the closing of the purchase and sale of the Montelucia Resort & Spa. The resort will be reflagged under the Omni brand as the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, extending the Omni’s Resort Collection in the Western… Read More →

Arizona’s New 2014 Travel Guide Now Available

Grand Canyon - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011
January 7, 2014 by in Featured | Tourism

Searching for the tastiest Margarita in Arizona? Looking for the best birding spots in the Grand Canyon State? You can find the answers to those questions and so much more in the new edition of the Arizona Official State Visitor’s Guide. The Arizona Office of Tourism’s (AOT) 2014 Arizona Official State Visitor’s Guide (OSVG) and… Read More →

Glendale Glitters Makes Top 5 Holiday Lights List


Glendale’s award-winning festival, Glendale Glitters, has been recognized by as one of the top five holiday light displays in the country. The event, now in its twentieth year, is Arizona’s largest free holiday light display and attracts tens of thousands of people each year. The city of Glendale was selected not only for the… Read More →

AzLTA honors 'Stars of the Industry'

December 31, 2013 by in Business News | Tourism

The shining stars of the hospitality and tourism industry were celebrated at the annual Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association’s (AzLTA) Stars of the Industry awards luncheon, held last week at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. The Stars of the Industry award was created more than 40 years ago by the American Hotel & Lodging Association… Read More →

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown earns top ranking

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December 16, 2013 by in Business News | Tourism

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, the largest hotel in Arizona boasting 1,000 guestrooms and more than 80,000 square feet of meeting space, today announced that it was included on Cvent’s second annual list of the “Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States.” Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel was selected from a pool of several thousand hotel… Read More →

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Earns Platinum Choice Award

October 31, 2013 by in Business News | Tourism

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by the readers of Smart Meetings magazine as a winner of the 2013 Platinum Choice Award. This is the sixth year that the resort has garnered this award. The resort’s Platinum Choice Award is one of only 130 given to hotels this year.… Read More →

CVB Markets Scottsdale as 'Home for the Holidays'

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“The weather outside is delightful” during the holiday season in Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is enticing visitors to book their trip and enjoy the warm weather, rates and activities the destination has to offer. From mid-October through mid-January, the campaign will reach potential holiday visitors across the United States and Canada.… Read More →

CVB Markets Scottsdale as ‘Home for the Holidays’

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“The weather outside is delightful” during the holiday season in Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is enticing visitors to book their trip and enjoy the warm weather, rates and activities the destination has to offer. From mid-October through mid-January, the campaign will reach potential holiday visitors across the United States and Canada.… Read More →