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Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


A crowd of nearly 500 packed Desert Botanical Garden Thursday to honor Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016. “All the women we are honoring tonight have procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, leadership and innovation,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “These women are… Read More →

AzLTA and VHRA hire director of business development

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The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association and Valley Hotel and Resort Association announced Laura Cherry as its new Director of Business Development. Cherry with an industry background having worked with Arizona-based Best Western Hotels and Resorts where she worked to enhance the company’s global brand with member hotels, developers and investors. In her work with Best Western, Cherry helped… 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 →

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 →

HSMAI helps hospitality industry fuel sales

by in Business News | Economy | Featured

Like most industries, hospitality took a hit during the economic downturn, but the Arizona travel industry started to recover in 2010 and pumped $18.3 billion in direct travel spending into Arizona’s economy in 2011. Helping fuel that economic engine is the Arizona chapter of the he Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). “HSMAI’s mission… 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 →