The Visit Yuma marketing team has expanded, and there's a new monthly communication dedicated to news for, about, and from our members. Send your items to by July 25th to be considered for the August E-News.
Visit Yuma is thankful for and proud of the relationship we have with many farmers and those in the agriculture community. The Visit Yuma team worked together with City of Yuma videographer Geoff Montgomery to produce a video recognizing this year's E.G.R.E.T. award winners: local farmers and ag experts involved in our Field to Feast tours.  The shooting location for the video was the University of Arizona Yuma Agriculture Center. Our team spent two days in the field generating great conversation on the importance on agritourism. Follow this link to watch.
Spring Hill Press will be calling members after August 1st  

Again this year, Spring Hill Press is working with Visit Yuma to produce the popular Visit Yuma map, which will be ready for distribution in mid-October. Visit Yuma distributes them free of charge at the Visitor Information Center, and members are welcome to have some for their businesses, too; 10,000 fold-out maps are printed each year. Advertising in the spaces around the outside of the map is a good investment, as each map typically reaches 3-5 people.
Caballero de Ano
Visit Yuma board member, David Carvell, was recognized as the Caballero del Ano for 2018-19 by the Caballeros de Yumaorganization. Dave, who is the Branch/Sales Manager at Ahern Rentals, has been a member of the Caballeros de Yuma since 2013.  He was honored by past recipients of the award who have also been chosen for their outstanding achievements within the organization. "Dave was recognized due to his efforts made throughout the year. He stood out because he was actively involved in each community event sponsored by the Caballeros de Yuma in some sort or fashion. He was always quick to step up and help if anything was needed and that makes him a great asset to our organization,” said Steve Pallack, past Caballero de Ano Recipient.

How to win at hospitality

TREAT 'EM RIGHT: Candlewood Suites celebrated Employee Service Week last week. Their take on it is, "a business will do a better job of providing high quality goods and services by listening to its employees and by empowering them with opportunities to make a difference." While they recognize every employee during Employee Service Week, they are also beginning a new tradition of recognizing one employee’s outstanding service and dedication. This year they recognized the 11 years of faithful service of Juanita Martinez. 

Member News
  • Paul Bensel Jewelers is moving to 234 W 32nd Street, after remodeling. They will be open in the new location on July 3rd.
  • Bare Naked Soap Co. has new hours: 10-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 10-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays 12-4 p.m.
  • Register your band for Yuma Art Center's Battle of the Bands on September 21, 2019. Deadline to register is July 19th. Any band, any genre, from anywhere are welcome to participate; all band members must be over the age of 18 by September 21. Download the application form
  • Fretworks Yuma is celebrating its 7th Anniversary this week. Check out their Facebook post and get 7% off any purchase through July 13. 

College accolades

Arizona Western College is in the news with recent congratulations due to two team members:

President Dr. Daniel Corr received the Excellence in Youth Education Award from the Pete C. Garcia Victoria Foundation in April at the Advocates for Education 2019 Awards Luncheon. “Dr. Daniel P. Corr clearly fits the description of this prestigious and well-deserved award,” said Loui Olivas, President of the Pete C. Garcia Victoria Foundation. “Daniel is a difference maker, and through his leadership, he has created an educational environment that has propelled students at AWC to enroll and persist.”

Reetika Dhawan, Dean of Career and Technology, finished a U.S. Department of Agriculture E. Kika de la Garza fellowship, which took place over two weeks in Washington, D.C. She was one of 18 faculty selected from Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The fellowship focused on policy-making and research at U.S.D.A and other federal agencies.


All over the internet

HOT: Visit Yuma's Social Media goes above 3 million impressions for FY 2018-2019
  • Impressions: 3 million
  • Engagements: 65,973
  • Followers: 15,596
Source: Sprout Social, July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Chosen as a top family getaway

We just picked up this link, to's recent story citing Yuma as one of its top 10 destinations for families. They give top props to the Yuma Territorial Prison, Castle Dome Mine Museum and Ghost Town, and Gateway Park as great places for families to enjoy together.

Something new is cooking!

Yuma Eats is a new social media campaign with a custom video
-One restaurant per week
-Designed to give the world a taste of what our community has to offer 
-Focuses on a signature dish from a local restaurant
-Gains more social media traffic and shares from a giveaway in return for a name randomly chosen from Facebook users who share it on their Facebook pages. 

We take our cameras behind the scenes in the kitchen to showcase the process of creating the chosen menu item.  Then we snap dozens of photos designed to make any foodie want a bite. Finally, we conduct an interview about the ingredients, the popularity of the dish and most importantly, the taste. Our first two "Yuma Eats" were super successful, featuring Da Boyz's cauliflower crust pizza, followed by Wheezys' Volcano Burger.  Next up is a deep dive into the topic of hot dogs, just in time for 4th of July, with a spotlight on Dog Haus. Watch for this new video on our Facebook page. Recent research proves people who travel to Yuma are interested in experiencing our authentic food. This campaign is our way of attracting people to Visit Yuma’s members. If you are interested in being featured on "Yuma Eats," please contact

Let's get together!

Know of anyone planning a school or military reunion? Leslie McClendon, Visit Yuma's Group Sales Manager, would like to help. "Let us know your leads for fall, and also any meetings you have coming up in 2020," said Leslie. "We can help at all levels-getting started with ideas for venues, shaping itineraries for sight-seeing days, caterers, activities, anything! Then as the date draws closer, we can help with welcome items as well!" To contact Leslie, email her at

Easy E-Tip of the Month

#YumanNature #VisitYuma #BetterTogether -have you seen these hashtags recently? If yes, that's good, that means you are following Visit Yuma's social media pages specifically ourInstagram page. The hashtag was born in the world of social media on August 23, 2007, with a tweet by San Francisco techie and former Google developer Chris Messina. He wrote on Twitter, “How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?” He came up with the idea of using hashtag to find an easy way to bring together people discussing the same topic online. Today, a hashtag can be one of the tools you can use to grow your online followers and see what's trending. Did you know that in Instagram, you are allowed to use 30 hashtags in one post? But do not overdo it, here's how you can maximize the power of pound sign in your social media pages


 Johnattan Gonzalez of Tronix Sound Music. Tronix Sound Music has a storefront in Somerton and at 1314 S. 5th Ave. in Yuma. They offfer lessons as well as sound equipment.

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