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The Arizona Office of Tourism is pleased to provide this monthly update of new and noteworthy items regarding Arizona’s tourism industry. Please use this link to access all images. We have resumed press trips for journalists on assignment, if you are interested in visiting Arizona for a story, please reach out to IT Public Relations in NYC via the contact information below.
For more information, contact:
Becky Blaine at bblaine@tourism.az.gov
Kim Todd at ktodd@tourism.az.gov
Marjorie Magnusson at mmagnusson@tourism.az.gov
Joanna Tejeda at jtejeda@tourism.az.gov
S. PR Agency of Record: IT PR NYC – Janet Mick at jmick@itpublicrelations.com
Sculpture park exhibition in Tucson
The new two acre sculpture park, “Rough Terrain” will be on exhibit through Sunday, July 4 at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson. Featuring 20 pieces, “Rough Terrain” is open to the public for viewing by appointment Wednesdays through Fridays, from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All sculptures on display are available for sale.
PR Contact: Susie Timm
Phone: (480) 200-2766
Email: Susie@knifeandforkmedia.com
Tuzigoot National Monument citadel reopens to the public
Repairs to the historical citadel portion of Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale are finished and reopened to the public. In early 2019, the citadel began repairs on the cement flooring and wooden support beams that were damaged by heavy snowfall and termites. Now, the citadel portion of the pueblo is more structurally sound and safe for visitation.
Tuzigoot National Monument’s response to COVID-19.
PR Contact: Paul Santellan
Phone: (928) 649-6195
Hotel News
Downtown Tempe announces new hotel
Opening in summer 2021, The Westin Tempe will feature 290 spacious guest rooms and suites. The new hotel will offer all-day dining venues, Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits and Skysill Rooftop Lounge. Terra Tempe features a Southwestern cuisine, utilizing local ingredients and flavors in signature dishes. For views of Downtown Tempe, “A” Mountain and the surrounding valley, guests will be able to take the lift to the hotel’s iconic Skysill Rooftop Lounge. The Lounge will feature premium cocktails, a curated wine list and fresh dishes. The hotel will also be home to Cup of Joe Market Café, offering cafe beverage and meals on the go. Located in the center of Downtown Tempe, the hotel is steps away from hundreds of restaurants, bars, and stores along the historic Mill Avenue.
The Westin Tempe’s response to COVID-19.
PR Contact: Marriott Newsroom
Phone: (301) 380-7770
Email: newsroom@marriott.com
New boutique hotel and wine cellar coming to downtown Tucson
The Citizen Hotel, a 10-room boutique hotel and wine cellar and tasting room, is coming to downtown Tucson in Summer 2021. The hotel resides in the historic Citizen Building, built in 1913 as The Tucson Citizen Newspaper. The hotel is a collaboration between Sarah Fox, co-owner and co-founder of Arizona winery Sand-Reckoner Wines and developer Moniqua Lane, owner of The Downtown Clifton Hotel in Tucson. Sand-Reckoner Wines will cellar, blend and bottle over 140 barrels of wine in the 5,000 square foot cellar in the basement of the hotel. The space will feature volcanic rock walls, natural lighting from glass block windows at street grade, and a ceiling that is exposed to reveal the original fir floor joists for the building above. Hotel guests and members of the public are welcome to enjoy tastings of Sand-Reckoner’s wines as well as experience special events like barrel and library tastings and catered wine dinners. The cellar will also serve as an intimate event venue.
PR Contact: Mary Rittmann
Phone: (520) 770-2127
Email: mrittmann@visittucson.org
Unique resort opening near the south rim of the Grand Canyon National Park
Clear Sky Resorts announces the grand opening of Arizona’s first luxury sky dome resort near the Grand Canyon National Park in June 2021. Located 20 minutes south of the South Rim entrance, in Valle, and 30 miles north of Williams. Clear Sky Resort consists of 45 geodesic individually climate controlled luxury sky domes that include plush bathrobes, slippers, upscale linens, swinging chair, deck hammocks, panoramic window, skylight with telescope for stargazing, modern bathroom with rain shower, and eco-friendly fireplaces in some domes. The sky domes allow you to take in the high desert landscape with spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Nighttime stargazing is really when the domes shine! Other amenities include a daily happy hour in the Welcome Dome, onsite breakfast and dinner options, nightly s’mores next to artisan crafted firepits, a lit frisbee golf course, movie nights, live music, astronomy nights, storytelling, lit sculpture night walks, and an out-of-this-world Projection Dome with 360 degree star movie watching.
PR Contact: Hal Feinberg
Phone: (480) 650-5201
Email: information@clearskyresorts.com
Hotel Packages & Staycations
Train excursions on Arizona’s historic railroads
Free Spirit Vacations and Events introduces a new way to explore Arizona’s historic railroads in two days and one night. The “Arizona Rails Package” offers transportation to and from Phoenix, classic train excursions on the Grand Canyon Railway and the Verde Canyon Railroad, a one night stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, and transportation and guided visits to the Grand Canyon and the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale. Priced at $660 per person and $550 per person for a group of two, the package is offered on September 9-10, 2021 and February 2-3, 2022. Reservations can be made by emailing reservations@freespiritvacations.com or calling (480) 926-5547.
PR Contact: Suzanne Hagberg
Phone: (480) 415-4613
Email: suzanne@freespiritvacations.com
Spring Adventure Packages to explore Page
Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell launched new adventure-focused packages in partnership with local tour operators, Big Orange Jeep Tours and Epic Adventure Rides, to offer guests exciting excursions among the natural wonders of the region, in addition to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. All packages are available to book until the end of 2021. Starting at $210 per night, the “Hyatt Stay & Paddleboard Package” includes a paddleboard excursion for two hosted by Big Orange Jeep Tours. Equipment including life jackets and I-Rocker inflatable, stand-up paddleboards provided. Rental accessories can be picked up and dropped off at Big Orange Jeep Tours, located 0.4 miles from the hotel. The “Hyatt Stay & Epic Adventure Package”, starting at $310 per night, offers a Canyon and Cliffs UTV Tour hosted by Epic Adventure Rides. The tour takes guests across the desert trails, sandy washes, sand dunes and red rock sandstone of the Grand Stair Escalante National Monument. There are two tour options available, a two-hour Self-Driven Tour with a max of four guests, rates from $400 a night and a two hour Guide-Driven Tour with a max of three guests, rates from $350 a night. Starting at $150 a night, the “Hyatt Stay & Off the Beaten Path Package” comes with a map guide to explore the city of Page and a picnic lunch for two packed with sandwiches, fruit, chips, granola bars and water. The map guide features some of the city’s best hiking trails and hidden gems.
Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell’s response to COVID-19.
PR Contact: Savannah Kirmis
Phone: (480) 626-8290
Email: savannah@jlaurenpr.com
Sedona resort launches adventure-focused package
Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona launched the “Sedona Adventure Package” starting from $259 per night. The package offers a guest room, daily fresh squeezed juice or smoothie per guest, a seven-day Red Rock Pass to explore trails in Sedona, a book of Sedona’s best hikes, and a souvenir Amara collapsible cooler bag packed with a picnic lunch for each guest from the onsite restaurant, SaltRock. The “Sedona Adventure” package is available to book through December 28, 2021. A two-night minimum stay is required. The offer is not commissionable and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.
Amara Resort and Spa’s response to COVID-19.
PR Contact: Savannah Kirmis
Phone: (480) 626-8290
Email: savannah@jlaurenpr.com
COVID-19 Updates in Arizona
For visitor guidance due to COVID-19 such as mask-wearing, a list of tourism-related reopenings or closures, and a link to public health guidelines, click here: https://www.visitarizona.com/covid-19/ . Some attractions are open year-round and some are open seasonally or move to seasonal hours. To ensure the places you want to see are open on your travel dates, please check their website for hours of operation.
Newsroom: https://www.visitarizona.com/newsroom/
Official State Travelers Guide: http://digital.milespartnership.com/view/arizona-official-travel-guide/arizona-official-state-travel-guide/arizona-2020-21