YUMA, ARIZ. — When the Visit Yuma Board of Directors and Executive Director met for strategic planning in April, 2019, one of the topics was the eventual relocation of the administrative offices and the Visitor Information Center to be under one roof. It makes sense for the synergy that would be created, the reduced expense and the ability to create something that is unique and authentic for Yuma and its visitors.

A rare combination of circumstances occurred, the perfect storm if you will, to make this the ideal time to make that move. COVID-19 has led many businesses to re-evaluate and get creative about how to make do with lower revenues. Visit Yuma is no different, with a significant cut in funding that comes from the Hospitality Tax revenue. With an uncertain future for generating revenue through tours and specialty dinners, consolidating resources is necessary for Visit Yuma.

Visit Yuma’s administrative offices have been located at the Yuma Heritage Center, 180 W. 1st Street, since the summer of 2013 and the Visitor Information Center moved into its current location at the Colorado River State Historic Park in 2009. Both leases were up this month, and a beautifully remodeled historic building in downtown Yuma became available. "We jumped at the chance. Christine McConnaughay, of Realty Executives and owner of the building, understood our desire to be in this highly visible location that would be easy for visitors to find and in a building that exudes the warm and inviting vibe of Yuma," said Executive Director Linda Morgan.  “I’m really excited about what Visit Yuma will bring to the redevelopment of the downtown area,” said McConnaughay.

“While we appreciate the opportunities that have been afforded us at the two current locations, we are excited about all the new opportunities that this new location will provide.,” said Morgan. “Even though the VIC won’t be in the park any longer, we look forward to continuing to promote the CRSHP along with all the other great attractions in Yuma.”

Until mid-Summer Visit Yuma's administrative offices and Visitor Information Center will be in their present locations, due to leasehold improvements that need to be made to the new space. The administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Visitor Information Center is open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Watch Visit Yuma social media and website for exciting updates as the move gets closer.