PHOENIX (January 6, 2014)— Searching for the tastiest Margarita in Arizona? Looking for the best birding spots in the Grand Canyon State? You can find the answers to those questions and so much more in the new edition of the Arizona Official State Visitor’s Guide.
The Arizona Office of Tourism’s (AOT) 2014 Arizona Official State Visitor’s Guide (OSVG), and accompanying Official State Visitor’s Map are now available for travelers wanting more information about the Grand Canyon State’s vibrant travel destinations by ordering online at arizonaguide.com or by calling (866) 298-3312.
This year, the magazine-style guide features articles written by Arizona-based writers and includes topics such as exploring the many ways to experience Arizona’s Tribal Lands; where to enjoy the state’s unofficial-official cocktail – the Margarita; locations for the best bird watching in the state; how to follow in the steps of Presidential visits; and a celebration of Arizona’s diverse cultures.
“Arizona is such a vibrant destination to experience and this guide is a true testament to all the wonderful travel activities that make this state such a world-class destination,” said Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.
Abundant with valuable Arizona tourist information including traveling tips and statewide accommodations, the 116-page OSVG includes articles and regional information celebrating the state’s travel destinations and activities including scenic road trips, family-fun adventures, local cuisine, outdoor experiences, Arizona’s American Indian heritage and Wild West history.
The guide is fully supported by advertising dollars and was produced with no direct costs to the agency’s budget. More than 450,000 copies have been published along with 500,000 accompanying comprehensive maps. Complimentary copies of the guides and maps will be distributed in response to the agency’s consumer advertising campaigns, queries into the Arizona travel call center as well as to travel industry partners and visitor information centers located throughout the state. OSVGs will also be available to travelers at all of Arizona’s major airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Tucson International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
The OSVG serves as the agency’s principal visitor fulfillment resource to encourage travel and tourism activity throughout the Grand Canyon State. AOT works to strengthen the economic impact of the Arizona travel and tourism industry through promotion and marketing efforts. Each year, millions of visitors experience the Grand Canyon State as a travel destination.
In 2012, more than 38 million visitors generated $19.3 billion throughout the state, injecting nearly $53 million each day into Arizona’s economy. The Arizona travel and tourism industry produces revenue in all 15 Arizona counties, and is responsible for generating $2.6 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues. Additionally, the Arizona tourism industry employs more than 161,300 Arizona residents. Combined with the secondary employment that is generated, nearly 300,000 Arizona residents are impacted by this dynamic industry throughout the state.
The Arizona Office of Tourism’s complimentary Official State Visitor’s Guide is available to order or download at arizonaguide.com. For a digital version visit http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/madden/az_ovg14/.
Travelers may also call the agency at (866) 298-3312. For more information about AOT’s marketing programs to increase the economic benefits of the Arizona travel industry, visit azot.gov.
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About Arizona Office of Tourism
Created as an executive agency in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism 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 www.azot.gov. For information about Arizona travel experiences, visit www.arizonaguide.com.