Travel Archives

Affluent Arizonans will spend $13K on vacations this year

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BMO Private Bank, a part of BMO Financial Group, released the results of a study today profiling the vacations of high-net-worth Arizonans. The study is part of BMO Private Bank’s Changing Face of Wealth series, examining trends among affluent Americans (those with more than $1 million in investible assets). According to the study, Arizona’s affluent… Read More →

Best Western CEO David Kong launches blog

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With more than 40 years of experience in the travel sector and the longest tenure of any major hotel brand CEO, Best Western International President and CEO David Kong has a unique view from atop the hotel landscape. Kong will share his perspective – along with the personal stories that have defined his leadership journey… Read More →

Visit Phoenix grows its convention sales team

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Visit Phoenix has added a trio of directors to bolster its sales and services presence in key convention markets. Heather Trent and Tom Michalisko join Visit Phoenix’s sales team as directors of national accounts. Trent is based in Austin TX and will handle convention business in the Texas and Southern California markets, while Michalisko will… Read More →

Flagstaff banks on Valley residents trying to beat heat

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Compared to the Valley’s 100-plus degree days and stifling summer nights, Northern Arizona is an oasis of mild weather and cool temperatures. It’s no surprise that Flagstaff, the hub of the high country, is a popular tourist destination for Phoenicians in the hot summer months. Indeed, 40 percent of Flagstaff’s annual visitors are traveling from… Read More →

Sky Harbor offers July 4th travel tips

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The busy summer travel season continues, and July 4 will see about a 15 percent increase in passenger traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The busiest travel days will be Wednesday and Thursday before the holiday and Sunday, July 5. America’s Friendliest Airport® is offering the following travel tips: Convenient Parking at a Discount… Read More →

L’Auberge de Sedona to undergo Summer renewal

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This summer, L’Auberge de Sedona, the acclaimed creekside retreat nestled among the Red Rocks of Sedona, will undergo a summer renewal process. Come fall, the celebrated dining, spa, and wellness destination will unveil an enhanced creekside arrival experience, upgraded luxury guest accommodations, elevated dining offerings – fueled by a new state-of-the-art kitchen, and a completely… Read More →

Sky Harbor Terminal 3 construction will restrict lanes

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The modernization of Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 3 continues, with construction work shifting from the north to the south side of Terminal 3 later this week. During the overnight hours of June 4, the north inner curb lanes at Terminal 3, which have been closed to traffic for the past month, will re-open and… Read More →

Sky Harbor offers Memorial Day travel tips

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Memorial Day weekend is the start of the busy summer travel season. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport anticipates Thursday, Friday and Monday as the busiest travel days with passenger traffic about 15-20 percent higher than an average day. America’s Friendliest Airport® offers you the following tips for your holiday travels: Use our best kept secret… Read More →

Grand Canyon at confluence of money and conservation

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When Renae Yellowhorse comes to the area of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers meet, she feels the presence of her late father. She says she sees him in the desert blooms, feels him in the breeze and senses him when she takes steps toward the edge of the canyon. But… Read More →

Sky Harbor renovations elevate travelers’ experience

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Friends embrace. Families explore an art exhibition. Shoppers admire handcrafted wares and hungry travelers survey a myriad of local eateries before settling on a lunch destination. This is the scene at the newly renovated Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It’s where about 85 percent of the airport travelers, more than 100,000 people… Read More →

Ducey declares this Arizona Travel and Tourism Week

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Governor Doug Ducey, along with the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), has proclaimed May 2-10, 2015 as Arizona Travel and Tourism Week. The recognition honors Arizona’s tourism industry as a top revenue generator for the state. Arizona Travel and Tourism Week coincides with the U.S. Travel Association’s annual celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.… Read More →

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix will close in July; re-branding planned

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the nation’s largest lodging real estate investment trust (REIT), announced that the iconic Ritz-Carlton, located near 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix, will be closed and re-branded. During the second quarter the company completed an agreement to convert The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix to an independent hotel to be operated by… Read More →

Experts: Central sports commission would boost Arizona

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The 2015 Super Bowl kicked off an unprecedented run for the Phoenix metro area as the host of mega-sporting events. But if the Valley is going to continue to lure Super Bowls, NCAA championship football games and Final Fours, leaders in the sports community say the current system needs to be improved. “We’re playing with… Read More →

Arizona’s hospitality industry embraces global market

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Arizona has the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Sedona, but to promote these natural wonders to international travelers is no walk in the park. To showcase Arizona around the globe, it takes detailed research, strategic planning, effective branding and marketing, a global network of industry professionals — and the power to erase any lingering negativity… Read More →