Events & Activities
Taste of Arizona Reception
Usher in GCOT 2018 with your travel-industry peers at this casual networking event and dine-around, which showcases cuisine and beverages from some of Arizona’s best restaurants, resorts and F&B purveyors. The conference’s opening evening also features a silent auction and sponsor exhibits.
Hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
Governor’s Tourism Awards Gala
The Governor’s Tourism Awards Gala—featuring a reception and sit-down dinner—brings together attendees, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors for an evening of networking and celebration. This is where the coveted Governor’s Tourism Awards are bestowed on the individuals, communities and organizations that have elevated Arizona’s tourism industry during the course of the past year.
Governor’s Tourism Award Nominations
Each year, the Arizona Office of Tourism presents the Governor’s Tourism Awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments by individuals, communities and organizations within Arizona’s travel-and-hospitality industry.
2017 Governor’s Tourism Award Winners
Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Rural – The City of Prescott – Take Another Day
Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Urban – The Town of Fountain Hills – Experience Fountain Hills
Outstanding Tourism Partnership – Rural – Arizona State Parks and Trails – Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park
Outstanding Tourism Partnership – Urban – Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee
Outstanding Arizona Culture and Historic Preservation – The Grand Canyon Railway – Restoration of Engine 29
Tourism Spirit of Service – Bob Hall and Angela Moser, Winslow Visitor Center
Tourism Hall of Fame – Russell True, White Stallion Ranch, Tucson
Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award – Win Holden, Arizona Highways, Publisher
Bring your innovative marketing ideas to the masses. Enter your idea in our GRAND PITCH for your chance to win FREE media buys from Arizona Office of Tourism media partners. Four lucky finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a team of judges at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
2017 Grand Pitch Winners
Rural Destinations and Attractions – The City of Sierra Vista
Urban Destinations and Attractions – Visit Mesa