Travel & Hospitality

Downtown Tucson's Former Hotel Arizona Could Reopen By 2019

Via tucson.com The former Hotel Arizona, right, could be reopened under one of Hilton’s full-service brands. An artist’s rendering of the hotel’s entrance after the proposed renovation of the former Hotel Arizona downtown. The former Hotel Arizona, right, could be reopened under one of Hilton’s full-service brands. The long-vacant Hotel Arizona in downtown Tucson may reopen under a $20 million plan approved by the Rio Nuevo District board Tuesday. After

Mohave County Grows As A Tourist Destination

Via havasunews.com Arizona continues to thrive as a destination for tourists nationwide, according to a report by the Outdoor Industry Association. Last week, the association released its 2017 state-by-state report on America’s outdoor recreation economy, which supports 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 billion in consumer spending nationwide. In Arizona, Lake Havasu City has seen growth as a tourist destination, leading Mohave County in its appeal to visitors year-round. “Lake

Tourists Visiting Arizona Spent A Record $21.2B Last Year

Via tucson.com Tourists visiting Arizona spent a record $21.2 billion in the state last year. And they would have spent more if gasoline had been more expensive. That’s the conclusion of a new study done for the Arizona Office of Tourism. The report also finds that the lion’s share of international visitors to the state continue to come from Mexico. But tourism from that country actually declined in 2016 by

Canadians Add $2.4B To Arizona's Tourism Industry

Via bizjournals.com “Winter is coming” indicates a certain meaning for the characters of the popular HBO show “Game of Thrones,” but for a large number of Canadian tourists the proverb can indicate the beginning of an extended stay in Arizona. Long-term residential tourists from Canada settle in Arizona during the winter months for about four to six months and are providing a major boost to the Arizona economy, according to

Via havasunews.com Two trade publications have given Arizona top recognition for business competitiveness and economic development, and Havasu could continue to share in the state’s growth. “Site Selection” magazine awarded Arizona its top ranking among mountain states for competitiveness among Arizona businesses, while “Area Development” magazine awarded Arizona with its 2017 Gold Shovel Award, recognizing Arizona as the top state in economic development in the category of states with populations

Tucson RV Dealership Inks Deal With Costco

Via rvbusiness.com The ink is barely dry on the agreement, but Frost RV, a full service dealership in Tucson, Ariz., is already reaping the rewards of partnering with Costco as part of the members-only retailer’s RV Buyer & Referral Program. General Sales Manager Paris Inman said Frost RV has already seen double the amount of online leads since becoming Costco’s “exclusive designated RV Dealer in southern Arizona.” “We’re excited. It

Phoenix to London Direct

Via bizjournals.com Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s second London flight begins next week. The additional British Airways flight will begin service May 8 until June, flying three days a week, where the flight on the British Airways 747-400 aircraft will take off each day around 2:35 p.m. Phoenix, which has tried — not always successfully — to add international locations to Sky Harbor’s lists of destinations, believe the second London

Ajo Voted "Best Town In The Southwest"

Via azcentral.com And the best small town in all the Southwest, a region spanning California to west Texas, is … Ajo. Ajo? That’s right, and this is no “La La Land” whoops moment. Ajo, a quiet, isolated community in southwestern Arizona, bested some tourism heavyweights to finish atop USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Best Southwestern Small Town poll, according to results revealed April 28. Ajo, for those unfamiliar with the former

The National Park Service had a record-breaking year, in which 331 million visitors spent almost $35 million at the country’s 417 national parks in 2016. At home in Arizona, 12 million visitors spent $995.9 million at the state’s 25 national parks. The spending generated supported a total of 15,600 thousand jobs, $532.1 million in labor income, $881.4 million in value added, and $1.5 billion in economic output in the Arizona

Hilton Tucson East Gets $8M Dollar Renovation

Via azbigmedia.com As the Hilton Tucson East celebrates 30 years, the hotel unveiled an $8 million renovation plan, which will renew the hotel’s rooms, lobby area, pool and more. All 232 guest rooms at the hotel will be revitalized with warm interior colors, luxurious finishes and modern amenities. The hotel’s HVAC and water system will be modernized for energy efficiency. Upgrades to the pool, lobby areas, meeting rooms and ballroom are included