“Capitalizing on Tourism as an Economic Driver” will be the topic at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) March luncheon.   It will be held on March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

A panel featuring Marc Garcia, president and CEO of Visit Mesa, Debbie Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, and Deb Ostreicher, assistant aviation director for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, will share their insights into how tourism’s continued growth and diversification has made it one of the world’s fastest growing economic sectors.  They will also discuss how visitor spending supports jobs, generates tax revenue and boosts the entire economy of the state.

The cost of the luncheon is $45 for AAED members, $65 for non-members and $75 for late registrants. To register, visit www.aaed.com/event/march13.   The registration deadline is Thursday, March 8 at noon. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance. For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy and collaboration.