ARIZONA’S $21 BILLION TOURISM INDUSTRY

by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

Tourism is a $21 billion industry in Arizona, generating $2.9 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue in our state. Each year, National Travel and Tourism Week is celebrated in May – recognizing what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. The travel industry employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

Each of us can assist in bringing in more tourism dollars to Casa Grande and Pinal County through maintaining positive messages when talking to visitors and residents about our community and county. Tourism dollars brought in through hotels, motels and resorts, golf courses, restaurants, stores and business services benefit all of us, either directly or indirectly. Almost every business and industry in the area enjoys the positive benefits of tourism.

How can you help generate tourism in Arizona? How about planning your summer vacations as staycations in Casa Grande and/or explore Pinal County and Arizona? We invite you to stop by the Chamber office and pick up a Pinal County Tourism map so you can begin exploring Pinal County. The Chamber is the official Arizona Office of Tourism and Visitors Center in Casa Grande. The Chamber office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Let’s see our beautiful state and build our economy at the same time!

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