Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association Archives

A favorite culinary festival returns to Scottsdale

Chandler's Culinary Festival

The Valley’s stars of the culinary scene will gather at the hip, urban setting of Scottsdale Quarter, for a high-energy and upscale celebration of food and wine, at the fourth annual AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Thursday, April 2, from 5:00-8:00 pm. AZ Wine & Dine is not… Read More →

AzLTA capitalizes on state’s ability to host big events


Debbie Johnson thought she was just coming for a race at Phoenix International Raceway when she visited Arizona in April of 1986. “I was living in Wyoming at the time,” recalls the president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA). “We flew back into Denver to drive up to Wyoming and got… Read More →

Sky Harbor Sets Record for Passengers

Sky Harbor Airport

March 2014 was the busiest month in the history of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. More than 4 million passengers traveled through Phoenix Sky Harbor in March, 4,029,861 to be exact. That marked a 3.2 percent increase over March of 2013 and the first time the Phoenix airport has seen more than 4 million passengers… Read More →

Arizona 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 →

AzLTA honors 'Stars of the Industry'

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 →

Restaurants serve super-sized economic impact


Think about the celebration that occurred after Arizona was awarded  the 2015 Super Bowl. Much of that excitement came because of the economic impact the Super Bowl will have on the state. But the restaurant industry in Arizona generates revenue equivalent to hosting two Super Bowls a month. “Restaurants are critical to Arizona’s visitor industry… Read More →

Tourism groups’ merger gives industry more strength and unity

by in Economy | Featured

Call it strength in numbers, or strength in unity. “With the challenges that the tourism industry has faced over the past several years, our industry has had to come together to better vocalize the importance of tourism to Arizona’s economy,” says Debbie Johnson, a longtime advocate of Arizona tourism. “In doing so, it became evidently… Read More →