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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - APRIL 27, 2016
CONTACT: DUSTIN MOORE MYLIUS
City of Yuma to Proclaim 'Arizona Travel and Tourism Week'
Week-long Celebration Recognizes, Encourages Tourism in Yuma County
Yuma, Ariz. - On Monday, May 2, the City of Yuma, with the support of Yuma Visitors Bureau, will proclaim May 1-7 of 2016 'Arizona Travel and Tourism Week.' This event coincides with the observance of National Travel and Tourism Week, established in 1983 by congressional resolution.
"National Travel and Tourism Week gives communities across America an opportunity to collectively recognize the contributions and opportunities that travel and tourism provide," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of the Yuma Visitors Bureau. "Here in Yuma County, where tourism is such an instrumental part of our economy, we are very proud to be in on the fun with a full week of activities for Yuma visitors and residents to enjoy."
At 10 a.m., Monday, May 2 at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, City of Yuma Deputy Mayor William "Bill" Craft will read the official proclamation for Arizona Travel and Tourism Week. This event, complete with free cake (while its lasts), is free to the public and media.
Additionally, several individuals who have been nominated by their employers as a 'Yuman Resource' will be acknowledged and presented with a certificate from the Yuma Visitors Bureau. A Yuman Resource is someone who provides not only a warm welcome and excellent customer service experience, but also exceptional knowledge of what the Yuma area has to to offer.
Following the proclamation, a series of daily discounts and activities will be available which encourage the celebration of tourism in Yuma:
- Monday, May 2: Free admission at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park (9 a.m - 5 p.m.); Back in Time Pie Shoppe will be open for the final day of the season (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
- Tuesday, May 3: Special presentations at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. with free samplings all day at Martha's Gardens Medjool Date Farm; Free admission into the Yuma Society Museum of Aviation and Tourism at Historic Coronado Motor Hotel (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Wednesday, May 4: Free, guided Mittry Lake kayak tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., provided by Yuma Kayaks (meet at Mittry Lake boat launch)
- Thursday, May 5: Free Downtown Historical Walk with guide Steve Cook, from 9 to 11 a.m. (wear comfortable shoes and bring water); Buy one, get one free admittance into the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens
- Friday, May 6: $1 off regular admission into Yuma Territorial Prison (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Saturday, May 7: Free, two-hour bicycle rental at Yuma Quartermaster Depot, courtesy of Mr. B's Bicycles (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
"We're giving visitors a reason to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with us here in Yuma, but also a chance for locals to be tourists in their hometown, to learn about Yuma's history, and to better understand how important tourism is to Arizona," said Morgan.
According to statistics provided by the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizona's travel and tourism industry generated $20.9 billion in direct spending in 2014, with $665 million spent in Yuma County that same year.
The proclamation of Arizona Travel and Tourism Week takes place days after the Yuma Visitors Bureau launched its completely redesigned VisitYuma.com website.
"The new site puts an emphasis on trip planning," said Dustin Mylius, Marketing Manager of the Yuma Visitors Bureau. "A brand new itinerary builder gives users the tools to customize their trip to Yuma's top spots, while the rebuilt event calendar makes finding upcoming Yuma attractions easy and exciting."
Throughout the week, Yuma Visitors Bureau will continue to celebrate Arizona Travel and Tourism week on social media with tourism facts and special, week-long discounts offered at Yuma businesses, to include:
- Martha's Garden Medjool Date Farm: 15% off on storewide products, including date shakes of all flavors
- Market Grill Steak & Seafood: complimentary house salad with any entrée, plus a 10% discount
- Oak Tree Inn Yuma: stay three consecutive nights (Sunday-Thursday), get 20% off the daily room rate
- Penny's Diner: Free breakfast (one egg, one pancake) between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. (coupon required)
- Fretworks! Yuma: Get 10% off any regularly priced instrument, amplifier, or audio equipment purchase. Buy a month of music lessons and get one lesson free (a $20 value)
- Ironwood Golf Course: $5 golf with the Summer Special
- Jack Mellon Mercantile: 20% off all jewelry and select books, only on May 5
- Yuma Landing Restaurant: receive a complimentary order of eight chicken wings with the purchase of two entrees
The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.
Media Relations Specialist Ann Walker can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment. We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."
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