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Advocates press for more Grand Canyon funding

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park officials say the park should break last year’s record of 5.5 million visitors this year, but advocates are worried the park may not be able to handle such large crowds. They note that the park has $371.6 million in deferred maintenance projects, according to a National Park Service report, part of… Read More →

AzLTA and VHRA hire director of business development

ABI Multifamily

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 →

Arizona draws more than 1 million Canadian tourists

HSMAI - Tourism

Record breaking is simply the best way to describe Arizona’s unique relationship with Canada as the state celebrates Canada Week.  For the first time ever, 2015 brought more than one million recorded Canadian tourists to explore and enjoy communities across all of Arizona. “Arizona enjoys a long standing friendship with our Canadian neighbors who bring… Read More →

Arizona Commerce Authority leads promotion initiative

Phoenix Sky Harbor, Economic Impact

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is launching a statewide promotion development project aimed at creating a fresh and unified message to enhance Arizona economic development and tourism, and encourage civic pride. The project – led by the ACA – will be a grassroots, public effort and engage leaders and Arizona citizens from all corners of the… Read More →

Female leaders rise up in Arizona tourism industry

HSMAI - Tourism

It might surprise people to know that tourism generates more money for Arizona than aerospace, agriculture, microelectronics and mining. And leading that $20-billion-a-year economic juggernaut are a bunch of women. Debbie Johnson is president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Sherry Henry is executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and… Read More →

Phoenix eyes Mexico City Trade Office

The Phoenix City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to move forward with plans to partner with the Arizona Commerce Authority to open an Arizona Trade Office in Mexico City. “Phoenix is taking the right steps to become a global city, and we’re ready to open our first trade office in Mexico City,” said Mayor Greg… Read More →

AzLTA honors 'Stars of the Industry'

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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 →

Visit Phoenix spearheads sales blitz in D.C.

Steve Moore, president and CEO of Visit Phoenix; Andrea Streat, director of meetings and events for the American Alliance of Museums; Alyssa Kolat, conference manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs; and James Jessie, senior vice president of sales at Visit Phoenix.
by in Business News | Marketing | Travel

Commuters hailing a cab or waiting for public transit in Washington, D.C. this month are likely to get a glimpse of iconic Phoenix imagery before their trip commences. Visit Phoenix (CVB) is blitzing the D.C. area with a transit-based advertising buy that includes mini-billboards atop taxis and digital posters in transit stations. The ads showcase… Read More →

Sky Train Project Recognized with Environmental Award

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by in Business News | Green | Travel

The PHX Sky Train™ has been selected for a top honor in the prestigious Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards, receiving the first-place Crescordia award in the Multi-modal Transportation & Connectivity category. In addition, a public art project featured on one of the PHX Sky Train™ pedestrian bridges received special recognition. Arizona Forward, in partnership with… Read More →

Residence Inn Hotel To Open In Downtown Tempe

Downtown
by in Business News | Travel

The 173-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Tempe, Arizona is scheduled to open later this month. Located at 510 South Forest Avenue, the Residence Inn Downtown Tempe is owned by Miami based Finvarb Group and managed by Marriott International, Inc. Located in the Mill Avenue District in the heart of downtown Tempe and five miles from… Read More →

Royal Palms Debuts Brand New T. Cook's

Royal Palms exterior
by in Business News | Dining | Travel

On September 9th, Royal Palms Resort and Spa re-opened the highly acclaimed T. Cook’s restaurant. Highlighting Executive Chef Paul McCabe’s creative interpretation of New American cooking, the Mediterranean-inspired design and architecture; the restaurant is introducing a new culinary and overall guest experience while remaining loyal to the treasured, timeless atmosphere guests have come to know… Read More →

Airport Parking Becomes Easier with New Feature

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Parking at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has become more efficient thanks to a new service called Credit Card Express.   To use the service, travelers simply insert their credit or debit card into the machine upon entry. Then, when exiting, reinsert the same card.  There is no longer a need to take and hold onto… Read More →

CVB's campaign highlights Scottsdale’s warm fall weather

Tourism Industry - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Scottsdale residents can keep their summer shorts, flip flops and bikinis out for another three months. With the launch of the new fall marketing campaign, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors to do the same. The bureau’s “Break the Rules” campaign, which runs from Aug. 16 through Oct. 15, plays on Scottsdale’s… Read More →

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown 1st to use Urban Cultivator

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Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel recently installed Arizona’s first commercial-use Urban Cultivator™ to grow, sprout and harvest a wide selection of fresh and aromatic micro greens and herbs. Now guests of the hotel and its restaurant, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, can experience a wide array of delicious and hard-to-find greens all year round. The… Read More →