What's New in Sedona, Arizona
Travel Trade News Spring 2017

 

Dear Industry Friends,

Many people know Sedona provides a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul. But it's not your soul that starts growling around lunchtime.
 
Fortunately, your clients will have no trouble satisfying rumbling tummies. Culinary options are as varied as the fanciful red rock formations defining the magnificent landscape. From casual cafes to white tablecloth dining rooms, health-conscious vegetarian to cowboy-style steakhouses, spicy Southwestern to elegant Italian, and everything in between, Sedona has emerged as a destination for foodies.
 
While the idea of eating local has become a popular culinary trend, it never went out of style in Sedona. The city was first settled because of year round water and fertile soil. Local fruit and produce, along with trout pulled fresh from Oak Creek are menu mainstays. Varietals of grapes grow on sloping hillsides just outside of city produce some of Arizona's finest wines.
 
Sedona is a destination meant to be savored. You can dine creekside, on a patio in the shadow of soaring red rocks or at a sidewalk table in the midst of the bustling historic district. Some of the best side dishes served throughout the city are the views.
 
Don't worry too much about over indulging. Everyone who visits Sedona is pulled outdoors. It only takes a few hours hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing or swimming-all the reasons you came in the first place-to work off last night's dessert. When it comes to calories, what happens in Sedona, stays in Sedona. You only take home the delicious memories.   

Please let the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau assist you with information, 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, in so many ways! 
Sedona Updates
IPW 2017 - Seodna Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Booth #2815

T he  Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau   will be at IPW 2017! 
 
We are your product development partner.  We will be at IPW 2017 along with representatives from Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside VillasVerde Canyon Railroad, and our first new hotel property in 10 years, Courtyard by Marriott Sedona.  The appointments have opened.  Please request an appointment with us to learn what is new in Sedona and all it has to offer by April 24.   We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!


New Parking Fees at Sedona Airport Scenic Overlook
  
The Sedona-Oak Creek Authority announced the new parking fees for the Airport Mesa Scenic Overlook.  Effective now, the new parking fees for 7 days a week from 9am - 6pm are as follows:
 
Private Vehicles - $3.00 per day
Tour Buses - $20.00 per day 
Commercial Vans - $10.00 per day
 
Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority's booth will be manned daily to collect fees.  After hours patrons can use the self-service kiosk which does not differentiate between vehicles. After hours the fee is $3.00 per vehicle.
 
Annual Passes are also available.
 
Private Vehicles - $40.00 per year
Tour Buses - $200.00 per year
Commercial Jeeps/Vans- $100.00 per year
 
For inquiries, please contact Jake Allen, Sedona Airport Coordinator for the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority at (928) 282-1046.


Overnight Closure on North State Route 89A
 
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Motorists using State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff should allow extra travel time as work resumes on improvements between Vista Point Overlook and JW Powell Blvd intersection.   To expedite project completion, and to maintain a safe work zone for crews and the traveling public, a nighttime closure of SR 89A will be in place between Vista Point Overlook and north of Griffith's Spring (milepost 390-397).
 
The closure occurs 7 nights a week from 9 pm to 6 am until fall 2017.  
 
Daytime one-lane restrictions will be in effect weekdays (except for major holidays) from 7:30 am to 4 pm.  The lane restriction (from milepost 390 to 398) began March 6 and continues weekly (except holidays) until fall.  During the day, lane closures to accommodate work will result in delays of at least 15 minutes.  There are no lane restrictions allowed 6am - 7:30am and 4pm - 6pm to accommodate the heaviest daily traffic volumes. 
 
Flaggers and a pilot car escort will provide alternating travel through the work zone. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.
 
Emergency vehicles will have access through the construction zone at all times .
 
For more information on the project, please visit the project website at  azdot.gov/89A .
 

2017-2018 Experience Sedona Visitors Guide & Sedona Destination Event Planner

Our official guides are here!  The Experience Sedona Visitors Guide will help your clients get  the insider track on 'must do's' when in Sedona.  Designed with the M ICE op erators in mind, our Destination Event Planner is a comprehensive overview of Sedona's lodging, attractions, transportation and meeting venues.

To request guides and other information available for you and your clients, please contact Sachiko Sado, Director of Tourism Development.

Sedona Lodging News
Arabella Hotel Sedona
Arabella Hotel Sedona  will undergo renovations in 2017 to revamp its eight-acre property located among the magnificent Red Rocks of Sedona. 

Renovations will enhance landscaping on the hotel grounds, bring new décor to the hotel's premier "Trailhead" rooms and include guestroom bathroom renovations. Plans for renovations come shortly after the management takeover of Arabella by San Diego-based hotel management company,  RAR Hospitality .  
Arabella Hotel Sedona has 144 guestrooms on its property  located at 725 State Route 179, Sedona and can be reached at  (855) 795-8207.


 
GreenTree Inn Sedona, former Days Inn Sedona, is located conveniently off State Route 89A in West Sedona, minutes from Uptown Sedona.   As soon as you pull up and park in the spacious free parking lot at GreenTree Inn Sedona, you will be greeted with warm hospitality from our 24-hour front desk Guest Service A gents. Our 66-room hotel offers guests convenient amenities including:
  • Daily breakfast, featuring hot & cold items
  • High-speed WiFi
  • Seasonal outdoor pool & hot tub
  • Business center with computer & printer access
  • In-room fridge & microwave
  • Ice machine
  • Free parking, including ample space for a bus or RV
Call (928) 282-9166 for details.

Sedona Events

Sedona Open Studios Tour : April 28-30, 2017
ILLUMINATE Film Festival: May 31 - June 4, 2017
Sedona Hummingbird Festival: July 28-30, 2017
45th Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque: September 9, 2017 
Sedona WineFest: September 2017
Sedona Arts Festival: October 7-8, 2017
Red Rocks Oktoberfest: October 21, 2017  
Sedona Plein Air Festival: October 14-21, 2017
Dia de los Muertos: October 28, 2017
Tree Lighting and Santa Visit: December 1, 2017
43rd Annual Festival of Lights: December 9, 2017
  Sedona VegFest : January 13-14, 2018


Sachiko Sado | Director of Tourism Development | sado@sedonachamber.com
Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau | http://www.VisitSedona.com 
45 Sunset Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336