The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), the state's travel destination marketing agency, announces that Stephanie Dowling, formerly of Starwood Hotels, has joined the agency as deputy director. As the new addition to its executive marketing team, Dowling will focus on the strategic development of the agency's advertising, public relations and communications programs.
"We are thrilled that Stephanie has chosen to join the agency," said Debbie Johnson, AOT director. "Her proven marketing experience will be extremely valuable as we work to bring the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona tourism industry to new levels of promotion and, most importantly, results."
Dowling has nearly 20 years of experience in communications, public relations and advertising; of that, 10 years as a hospitality executive specializing in tourism and destination marketing. After several years as a public relations representative for clients including Tommy Hilfiger-USA, GoDaddy, The Fresh Air Fund, and The Art Institutes, Dowling joined Starwood Hotels in August 2006 as director of public relations and marketing for The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Arizona. In September 2013, she was named regional director of public relations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii. In December 2014, Dowling was promoted to regional director of marketing communications to continue her leadership of the public relations team and to include oversight of the in-house advertising agency for Starwood’s 11 properties on four islands.
As Arizona’s only statewide marketing agency promoting the Grand Canyon State, AOT produces year-round campaigns promoting Arizona as a vibrant travel and tourism destination. AOT’s mission is to expand Arizona’s economy and the quality of life for residents through travel and tourism promotion.
Tourism is a key revenue generator for Arizona’s economy. In 2014, more than 40 million visitors generated $20.9 billion throughout the state, injecting nearly $57 million each day into Arizona’s economy. The Arizona travel and tourism industry generates revenue in all 15 Arizona counties, and is responsible for producing $2.8 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues, representing a $1,150 tax break per Arizona household.
Additionally, the Arizona tourism industry employs more than 171,500 Arizona residents. Combined with the secondary employment that is generated, nearly 300,000 Arizona residents are financially impacted by this dynamic, statewide industry. For more industry research data, visit AOT's business site, tourism.az.gov.
About Arizona Office of Tourism
Created as an executive agency in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is charged with enhancing the state’s economy and the quality of life for all Arizonans by expanding travel activity and increasing related revenues through tourism promotion. For information on AOT’s program of work, research and media plans, visit tourism.az.gov. For information about Arizona travel experiences, see VisitArizona.com.