Tourism is one of Arizona's largest industries and a huge contributor to the local economy. The tourism industry is responsible for employing thousands of Arizonans and fostering billions of dollars in spending in Arizona's local hotels, stores, boutiques, restaurants, and more.
Every year, statewide tourism leaders are honored at the 2014 Governor’s Tourism Awards Gala held during the industry's annual Governor's Conference on Tourism. These awards highlight those who are contributing the most to creating exciting tourism opportunities here in Arizona.
Congratulations to the following Local First Arizona members who were honored this year for contributing to the local Arizona economy and promoting local tourism:
- Tourism Hall of Fame: James Ballinger, Director, Phoenix Art Museum
- Arizona Preservation – Rural: Copper Art Museum
- Arizona Preservation – Urban: Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center
- Special Events – Rural: Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, The 36th Annual Parker Tube Float
Did you know that Local First Arizona and Old Town Cottonwood received the Governor's Tourism Award for Creative Collaborative Marketing in 2012? The campaign helped introduce Old Town Cottonwood and the Verde Valley to hundreds of Arizonans and kept thousands of dollars in the local Arizona economy by promoting local tourism. When Arizonans choose to vacation in their home state instead of traveling elsewhere, they keep their dollars circulating in the local economy. Those dollars are a direct investment in our own communities and state.
Congratulations again to this year's honorees! Be sure to bookmark them for great travel opportunities in your own state.
Have you thought about planning a "staycation" this year? Visit the Local First Arizona directory or WeekendZona page for some fun ideas! We also have tons of suggestions of unique places in Arizona to visit here on our blog.