Happy Summer, Industry Friends!

Sedona's stunning landscape and amazing cultural amenities inspire people everywhere, including artists, hikers, and those seeking renewal. Falling in love with Sedona is easy. The community wants to be sure we won't be loved to death. With great tourism success, comes great civic responsibility.

We are very proud to share with you that Sedona's Sustainable Tourism Plan (STP) was honored with the Governor's Award for Outstanding Arizona Cultural and Historic Preservation .

In 2016, Sedona undertook the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Assessment scoring highly in 33 out of 41 criteria, placing Sedona as the second destination in the United States to undergo such an assessment and positioning Sedona as a World Leader in Sustainable Tourism Management.

The four pillars of the STP focus on balancing and enhancing residential quality of life, protecting our fragile lands, creating memorable visitor experiences, and growing a strong economy. Balancing the Plan's four pillars will be key to Sedona's future.

There will be opportunities for tour operators to organize group technical visits and to offer chances for voluntourism experiences to your guests, so please stay tuned!

Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is always looking forward to assisting you with itinerary ideas, obtaining FIT or group rates and information from their business partners.

We look forward to welcoming you and your clients to Sedona, the most beautiful place on Earth, and welcome your cooperation in Keeping Sedona the most beautiful place on Earth!
USDA Forest Service: Your Input Requested!!!
Input Needed on Commercial Short Stop Permit Program
The Coconino National Forest is seeking public input on a proposed commercial short stop permit program . The program would have two elements: issuance of special-use permits to commercial tour companies conducting short stop activities and the implementation of a fee for this use. Tour companies would be required to obtain permits in advance of or at the time of use. 

Initially, three locations have been identified as short stop locations on the Red Rock Ranger District:
  • Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center
  • Bell Rock Vista
  • Oak Creek Canyon Vista
This program could apply in the future to other potential short stop locations across the Coconino National Forest.

A 45-day scoping period, from Aug. 9 to Sept. 22 , is provided to allow public participation, prior to a decision by the Coconino National Forest. For more on the project, see the comment letter . Submit comments in writing via the webpage https://tinyurl.com/CoconinoShortStop -- click on the “Comment/Object on Project” link on the right of the screen to type in your comment.
Sedona Updates
Canadian Meetings & Events Expo
Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau will be participating in Canadian Meetings & Events Expo (former IncentiveWorks) at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on August 13 & 14.

Please come and see Leslie Brearley, Sales Manager , at Booth #1735 and learn why you should consider Sedona as your next small meeting destination!
Brand USA Travel Week
Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau will be participating in Brand USA Travel Week in London from September 9-12.

Please request an appointment with Sachiko Sado, Director of Tourism Development , via Brand USA Travel Week website and learn why you should consider including Sedona in your next tour program.
IMEX America
Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau along with Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona (to be Sky Rock Inn of Sedona ), Enchantment Resort , Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock , Pink Jeep Adventure Tours , Poco Diablo Resort , and Verde Canyon Railroad will be participating in IMEX America at Booth #A1116 in Las Vegas from September 10-12.

Please make an appointment with us or any of our Sedona booth partners , for a chance to win a Sedona escape packege.
Sedona Welcomed Beyoncé
On a light note, Sedona welcomed  Beyoncé  to shoot her new music video ' Spirit ' in Lion King. Can you spot Sedona throughout??
Eurowings to add new nonstop Phoenix-Frankfurt Flight
From Germany’s biggest airport starting April 29, 2020 there will be five flights per week, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until November.  Eurowings will fly from Frankfurt to Phoenix , the flight takes off from Frankfurt at 14:05 and will arrive 17:05 in Phoenix. The return flight takes off at 18:55 in Phoenix and arrives in Frankfurt the next day at 15:05.
Air Services to/from Flagstaff
Both United Airlines , providing daily nonstop services between Flagstaff and Denver International Airport, and American Airlines , providing daily nonstop flights between Flagstaff and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, started these flights as seasonal service, but due to increased enplanements, they are both permanent daily additions with no end date at this time. American Airlines will bring Los Angeles (LAX)/Flagstaff service back Saturdays starting August 24, 2019.

Only 45-minute drive on one of the most scenic drives in Arizona on State Route 89A through Oak Creek Canyon will bring you from Flagstaff Pullium Airport to Sedona.
American Airlines to add Services to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor
American Airlines will add four seasonal routes from Phoenix Sky Harbor this winter. Starting December 18, the airline will offer nonstop, daily service to Fort Lauderdale, Colorado Springs, Fargo and Cincinnati. Also this winter, the airline will launch additional flights to Las Vegas, Burbank and San Diego. Las Vegas and San Diego service each will increase to six daily flights from five. Burbank will increase to five daily flights from four. The routes will operate from December 18, 2019 until April 6, 2020.

Sedona is two hours north of Phoenix, which is Sedona's main gateway city.
Sedona Businesses
North America's First Landscape Hotel Coming to Sedona
 Travelers will have a new reason to visit Sedona when Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel opens in late 2020. Developed, owned and managed by Two Sister Bosses, a Sedona family-owned and -operated company, Ambiente is uniquely designed to blend in with the surrounding geological wonderland. Ambiente is comprised of 40 cubed-shaped, guest Atriums that are elevated above the ground by steel piers and constructed using floor-to-ceiling, bronze-tinted glass and matte-charcoal and rusted metal. At dusk, the tinted glass reflects the nature around it creating stunning, mirrored silhouettes.

Similar to the handful of landscape hotels in the world, Ambiente is being built with a deep respect for the environment with a focus on sustainable methods and organic, modern architecture that complements the surrounding topography and minimizes the impact on the land.
A Transformation is Coming Soon:
Sky Rock Inn of Sedona
 Point Hospitality Group is excited to share the transformation of Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona into Sky Rock Inn of Sedona , an invigorating Independent Boutique Hotel, opening November 2019.

Planning a stay on or after November 5, 2019?  Please call one of their reservation agents at  (928) 282-3072  to reserve a newly remodeled Sky Rock Inn of Sedona guest room. For dates of stay now to November 4th, 2019, please book online with Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.
Residence Inn by Marriott Sedona
Porter Brothers Construction has broke ground on the construction of the new Residence Inn by Marriott Sedona adjacent to Courtyard by Marriott Sedona .

The 85-room hotel would include a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, with the majority of the units being studios. Expected completion is by December of 2020.
Hampton Inn Sedona
 Hampton Inn Sedona completed full room renovations in March of 2019, including carpeting, all furniture, mattresses, wall coverings, window treatments and décor. The property has updated the breakfast experience with new display ware and additional selections such as pressed juice, smoothies and flavored waffles.   For inquiries, please contact the General Manager, Lacey King at 928-282-4700 option 2 or lacey.king@Hilton.com
Mii amo, a destination spa
 For a second year in a row, Mii amo has been named the #1 Domestic Destination Spa in the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards.

Mii amo is your path to seek in and naturally find harmony. Through timeless-inspired methods, they will help you to feel, hear, trust and embrace the power that lives within you – a world of vibrant health and wellbeing.
Sedona Events

Red Rock Music Festival : August-September 2019
Sedona WineFest : September 28-29, 2019
Sedona Arts Festival : October 2019
Red Rocks Oktoberfest : October 2019  
Sedona Plein Air Festival : October 2019
Dia de los Muertos : November 2, 2019
Sedona Open Studios Tour : November 2019 
Tree Lighting and Santa Visit : December 6, 2019
46th Annual Festival of Lights : December 14, 2019
Red Rocks Music Festival : December 2019
Sedona VegFest : January 18-19, 2020
  RunSedona : February 1, 2020
Sedona International Film Festival : February 22 - March 1, 2020
Sedona Yoga Festival : March 12-15, 2020


Director of Tourism Development
928.204.1123 (ext. 160)
 
Sales Coordinator
928.204.1123 (ext. 150)


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