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A City of Yuma proclamation, local activities and discounts mark the start of Arizona Travel and Tourism Week in Yuma County. Oh ... and cake!
How big of a deal is travel and tourism in Yuma County? Throughout 2014, Arizona's southwestern-most community generated $665 million (read with your best possible Dr. Evil impression) in direct travel spending, according to some impressive statistics wrangled-up by the Arizona Office of Tourism.
At that rate, tourism ranks third on the list of Yuma County's greatest economic drivers, behind the local powerhouse industries of military and agriculture — a statistic that we at the Yuma Visitors Bureau are quite proud of, and so should Yumans!
For those 665 million reasons, and the nearly 6,000 jobs created directly by tourism in Yuma County, we have teamed up with the City of Yuma to celebrate May 1-7, 2016 as Arizona Travel and Tourism Week, in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.
The week's festivities have already kicked off in promising fashion with the official proclamation of Arizona Travel and Tourism Week by City of Yuma Deputy Mayor William "Bill" Craft. Signed by Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls, the proclamation urges Yuma citizens to join in the special observance with "appropriate events and commemorations."
So, how do you get in on the fun? The Yuma Visitors Bureau and several local businesses have a week's worth of awesome outdoor activities for Yuma tourists and locals to enjoy:
Starting today, Monday, May 2, admission at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park is free! Walk the grounds where military supplies made their way into the Arizona Territory by way of steamboat before shipping out to Army posts all throughout the southwest. Also, be sure to stop by the Back in Time Pie Shoppe, serving up delicious deserts to feed your hunger after venturing the park.
On Tuesday, May 3, date-fan favorite Martha's Gardens will host special presentations at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and again a 1 p.m., with free samplings all day long! After a date with the date pros, head over to the Historic Coronado Motor Hotel between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for free admission into the Yuma Society Museum of Aviation and Tourism.
Looking to keep your cool in the Yuma warmth? For the cost of getting yourself out to Mittry Lake, enjoy a free, guided kayak tour courtesy of Yuma Kayaks! Meet up at the Mittry Lake boat launch at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, for a one and one-half-hour trip on the cool waters.
Test your Yuma knowledge! Join Steve Cook, local history buff and insightful tour guide, for a free Downtown Historical Walk on Thursday, May 5 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens for your stroll about Historic Downtown Yuma and, afterwards, save some dough with 'buy one, get one free' admission into the home of the Merchant Prince of Yuma, E.F. Sanguinetti.
There you go; six great days of exciting (and informative) adventure in the Gateway of the Great Southwest! Keep checking with us on Facebook and Twitter for more Arizona Travel and Tourism Week awesomeness and to share your Yuma experiences not just this week but throughout the year.
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