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. 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.
2018 Governor’s Tourism Award Winners
Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Rural – Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau – Sedona Northern Lights Events
Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Urban – Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa – Nirvana
Outstanding Tourism Partnership – Rural – Local First Arizona Foundation – WeekendZona
Outstanding Tourism Partnership – Urban – Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade & Trail’s End Festival
Outstanding Arizona Culture and Historic Preservation – Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture – Museum of Northern Arizona
Tourism Spirit of Service – Shonto Community Governance
Tourism Hall of Fame – Roger Naylor