Welcome to the 2017 Arizona Governor’s Conference On Tourism Website

July 19-21, 2017
JW Marriott Phoenix
Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E Marriott Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85054

The Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism is the premier educational and networking event in the state for travel professionals and destination marketers.

Tourism is Arizona’s No. 1 export industry, and each year GCOT provides its attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, learn from expert panelists, draw inspiration from nationally renowned speakers, and discover cutting-edge products and services.

In addition to professional development, GCOT is an occasion to celebrate.

The Taste of Arizona Reception—the conference’s official welcome gathering—is a social dine-around that showcases cuisine from some of Arizona’s best chefs and restaurants.

And the Governor’s Tourism Awards Gala, which brings Day 2’s activities to a festive close, recognizes the achievements of the marketers, ambassadors and innovators who each year propel Arizona’s travel industry to new heights.

Questions? Please contact us at (602) 542-0065 or info@azgcot.com

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Mark your calendar for the 2017 Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The date and location are set for July 19-21, 2017 at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
Register today for the full conference at the early-bird rate of $375. (The registration fee will increase to $425 after April 30.)


For more information or questions, please contact us at:
(602) 542-0065 or info@azgcot.com

If you need to write to us or mail your registration fee, please use this address:

Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism
c/o Meetings & Concierges Source, LLC
7375 E. 6th Ave., #9
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Events & Activities

Taste of Arizona Reception

Usher in GCOT 2017 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. Stay tuned for 2017 award categories, rules and submission deadlines.


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 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.


JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E Marriott Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85054

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is offering $119/night rooms for your conference stay.


The Conference Room Block Rates Are Now Available

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers an array of first-class resources, intuitive service and a picture-perfect location in the heart of Phoenix. All of the resort’s gorgeously appointed guest rooms and suites overflow with top-quality amenities, and afford awe-inspiring views of the surrounding splendor of desert and mountains. Enjoy championship golf at Wildfire Golf Club, a rejuvenating spa treatment at Revive Spa, and a wide range of dining options at our six onsite eateries. Also, be sure to check out our multiple outdoor pools, complete with a lazy river and waterslides. Conference rates are valid July 15, 2017 to July 25, 2017.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, July 19

Registration Opens | 3 p.m.
Research General Session | 4 p.m.
Taste of Arizona Reception | 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 20

Continental Breakfast | 7:15 a.m.
Workshops & General Sessions | 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Governor’s Tourism Awards Gala | 6 p.m.

Friday, July 21

Continental Breakfast | 8 a.m.
General Sessions | 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m

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