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Visit Yuma Celebrates Travel Matters Week, May 5-11

Visit Yuma celebrates US Travel Association's Travel Matters week, May 5-11 

YUMA, ARIZONA - Visit Yuma will be highlighting the benefits of travel through interviews, blogs, and social media posts during the week. Each day, new reasons why travel and tourism benefit our community will be explored through the eyes of those in tourism in Yuma as well as everyday citizens who depend on travel to stay close to family or who see the benefits of tourism. Visit Yuma's Facebook page, as well as postings on Twitter, Instagram and Linked In, will host these interviews and outlooks on travel and tourism.

On Sunday, how travel matters to the economy will be discussed by Shawn Chapman at Sonoran Bikes. Monday, David Negron at the Colorado River State Historical Park talks about how new experiences for a traveler can enrich their lives. Travel is a strong driver of employment in our community, and on Tuesday, Gell Lemmon at Candlewood Suites shares how local employees gain skills and good pay through tourism jobs. Keeping America Connected is the theme for Wednesday, where travelers and  Gen Grosse at Yuma International Airport share their outlooks.  Health and wellness is positively impacted through fresh air, exercise, recreation and fun, of which Yuma offers in abundance. On Thursday, owner Jennifer Herrera at Get Air gives a tour of the newest place in town to get fit. Friday, hometown pride is evident through the great murals around Yuma. Saturday, the series wraps up with a blog by military spouse Samantha Smith, about why travel matters to families.

The "Sunbelievable" photo contest starts on May 5th. Visit Yuma will share locals and visitors' best photos through Instagram. Anyone can submit their best photos of Yuma, with one entry per day by tagging @visityuma on Instagram. The contest closes on May 10th, with winners announced on May 13th. Gift cards from local businesses will be awarded to the top winners, in celebration of all that is picturesque and special about Yuma!

CONTACT: Karen Harris
Marketing Specialist, Visit Yuma

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.

Visit Yuma team 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."

You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.

YVB periodically hosts group and individual press trips, and is glad to partner with other Arizona or California DMOs to coordinate a visit to several regions.

For more information, contact Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 (office), email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

'Anytime' releases:

Around & about - a quick Yuma overview

Brilliant! Yuma wears 'sunniest' label with pride

Last link in river restoration under way


Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


Research and statistics

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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