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Yuma celebtates tourism & its positive effects on our community.
May 6 through 12 is National Travel and Tourism week, uniting communities across the country in celebration of the positive effect travel has on jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.
Visit Yuma, which promotes Yuma regionally, nationally and internationally, shared some impressive numbers with the Yuma City Council earlier this year showing some of the positive impact tourism has locally:
- 6,400 jobs supported by travel and tourism in Yuma*
- $606 million of direct travel spending in Yuma*
- $48.3 million in local tax revenue generated by travel and tourism*
Positive economic results such as these and their direct benefit to the Yuma community and its quality of life have inspired some local entities to support National Travel and Tourism week by offering free or discounted access to local attractions that help make Yuma a popular travel destination:
May 4 and 5: The Visitor Information Center, 201 N 4th Avenue, will offer free one- hour bike rental on Friday, and on Saturday, there will be free popcorn to go with movies showing in its Colorado River Theater.
May 4 through 6: There will be and End of Season Sale at Yuman Interest Gifts and Souvenirs, located inside the Visitor Information Center. The sale offers 10% off items store-wide and up to 50% off selected merchandise.
Sunday, May 6: The public can explore the grounds, buildings, and displays of the Colorado River State Historic Park, 201 N 4th Avenue, (formerly Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park) at no charge.
Monday, May 7: Admission to the Yuma Territorial Prison, 220 Prison Hill Road, and its extensive amount of historical information and artifacts will be free.
Thursday, May 10: The public is invited to experience the beauty and historic relevance of the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens, 240 S Madison Avenue, at no charge.
In addition to recognition of and support for the benefits of tourism locally, it is greatly valued on the state and national level as well.
“Tourism is a huge revenue generator for Arizona, and it positively impacts the economies of all 15 counties,” said Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. “Visitors to the state cumulatively spend $58 million each day, and that money simultaneously reduces the tax burden and elevates the quality of life of every Arizona resident.”
In addition to its benefits for the local economy, travel can also have a positive effect on personal wellbeing for residents and visitors of Arizona. Numerous research studies have confirmed the positive health effects of travel and time off, from reducing the risk of heart disease to decreasing depression. Using time off to travel with family is good for everyone, especially our children—kids who travel with their families are more likely to attend college and earn more as adults.
“Many aspects of the U.S. travel experience may have changed over the years, but one thing hasn’t: it’s impact on the lives of American workers all over the country,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the U.S. travel industry. “Whether we’re talking about1968 or 2018, travel jobs have been a gateway to the middle class for millions—and they’re completely non-exportable, no matter how much the global economy changes. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re saluting travel’s long history as an economic engine in our country and calling on our nation’s leaders to prioritize travel-friendly legislation, for the sake of millions of American workers.”
Yuma residents may find out more about our community’s attractions, history, and events, as well as the local organizations and businesses involved in increasing Yuma’s visibility as a travel destination at visityuma.com, and at the Visitor Information Center at 201 N 4th Avenue.
* Source: Dean Runyan Associates, 2016
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