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


Dear Industry Friends,

Now that winter is officially here... Shoveling snow and scraping car windshields are simply a fact of winter life in many parts of the world. If you need a break from it, consider a visit to Arizona!

The Cactus League gets underway in February, signaling the beginning of a new season. There's a laid-back charm to baseball's spring training. Stadiums are small so the fans are practically on the field and without the stress of cross-country travel the players are more relaxed and it shows. There seems to be a smile shining underneath the brim of every baseball cap. This all happens under balmy Arizona desert skies.   Catch as many games as you can. If you're playing hooky from winter, why not do it in style? 

Add a Sedona stay to your spring training itinerary. Like baseball, Sedona reconnects us to a more innocent time. It reminds us how vast and beautiful the outdoors can be. Sedona's landscape wows us. Castles and columns of soaring red rocks extend in every direction. Mountains and mesas surround the town that's tucked away amid 1.8 million acres of national forest and buttressed by four wilderness areas and two state parks. Among these sandstone formations of vibrant hues and stream-carved canyons, we're all wide-eyed youngsters eager for a chance to play.   

Over 300 miles of hiking and biking trails ramble across the terrain. Instant access to wild country is a Sedona specialty. In Sedona you're never more than a five-minute drive to a trailhead.   What separates Sedona from other destinations is how it balances its wild side with an expansive infrastructure of comfort and luxury. Sedona offers accommodations for every taste. Sumptuous resorts nestle on the banks of Oak Creek or are tucked away in private canyons. Elegant hotels, romantic bed and breakfasts and retro motor courts are scattered throughout Sedona. After a long day of playing hard, you can sleep well on any budget.  

It's this kind of diversity that keeps visitors returning time and time again to Sedona. Unparalleled beauty combined with an array of creature comforts is the very definition of the Sedona experience. Chef-owned eateries along with boutique wineries have made Sedona a popular destination for foodies. Transformative treatments are available at Sedona's numerous spas. But that's only if you can take a break from shopping in the many galleries that showcase contemporary, representational and traditional artists who are known nationally and internationally.  

The team at Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau would like to thank you for all of the business you bring to Sedona.  We wish you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year.  Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Happy Holidays!
Sedona Updates
The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau will be attending Go West Summit again this year, and would be delighted to have the opportunity to connect with you and share what Sedona has to offer.
If you are attending, please consider making an appointment to learn why Sedona is the perfect fit for your tour programs.  
Book an appointment with Sachiko Sado to learn more about Sedona.

The wayfinding signs for public parking are in the process of being installed around Sedona.  

The new parking lot at 401 Jordan Road (Lot #1), which is open to RV's and motor coaches, is now designated with a kokopelli on the sign.  Please note that improvements to the lot are in process to increase the number of parking spaces so there may be work going on.  

Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, which is only 45 minutes away from Sedona, is adding new flights.  Starting in May, the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport and American Airlines are offering a new nonstop flight to Los Angeles (LAX). The first flight will take off on May 12, 2018.   The flight departs LAX at 2 p.m., arrives in Flagstaff at 3:30 p.m. and leaves again at 4 p.m. It will reach its final destination in LA at 5:43 p.m.  The flight, which will only fly on Saturdays, is a "seasonal addition." 

The Flagstaff Airport will also add Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on American Airlines, starting June 7, 2018.   This route will also be a nonstop flight and only fly on Saturdays. American's current 70-seat aircraft, which includes a first-class section will operate this route.   The DFW flight will depart from DFW at 11 a.m. and arrive in Flagstaff at 11:30 a.m. The returning flight will depart Flagstaff at 12:45 p.m. and arrive in DFW at 5:15 p.m. 

Sedona Lodging News
Newly Re-branded: Holiday Inn Express Sedona-Oak Creek
Enjoy being nestled against the majestic beauty of the iconic  Bell Rock . Venture out and experience the many wonders Sedona has to offer. Whether it's hiking , a Jeep tour , soaring the skies in a  hot air balloon , or escaping on a  wine tour ; the breathtaking beauty of Arizona will leave you wanting more.  

Located just minutes away you'll find over 40 art galleries featuring traditional, Southwest, Native American, and contemporary art, pottery, sculptures, and more. Savor the flavors Sedona has to offer at local favorites that cook with only local ingredients, or enjoy the fine dining establishments by visiting Tlaquepaque, the premier dining and shopping destination featuring fantastic-rustic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in an old-world setting.

The Holiday Inn Express is ideal for Tour Operators looking for ample parking, spacious double beds, micro/fridge, free breakfast, and superior customer service. Contact their Sales Manager for Tour group rates at (928) 284-0711.

Sedona Services
Free Soul Mind/Body Education
Provide SCIENTIFIC VORTEX INFORMATION for your clients from an M.I.T.
Honors Graduate, and 35+ year Sedona Resident, Pete Sanders. Give them THE BEST about Sedona's Mystical Aspects. Make them aware of the NEWLY available E-BOOK or AUDIBLE BOOK (thru audible.com) or SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON signed book & DVD. Schedule Personal Presentation by Mr. Sanders for your Group covering: the science explaining Sedona's Famous Meditation Sites, how to best tap them, and how to find similar places in Canada. Also included: techniques for lowering blood pressure and tapping the Soul that Mr. Sanders has taught at M.I.T and inside the Pentagon. 

Vortex Tours are also available for groups of 10 or less per day. Discounts available for Groups that can attend his EVERY Monday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. presentation at the Los Abrigados Resort. Call (928) 282-9425 or e-mail sanders@sedona.net.

Gateway Cottage Wellness Center
At Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, they believe the power of healing combined with your intention, creates  inspired miracles . Their exceptional healing and wellness practitioners are hand-picked from among Sedona's best. Their exquisite, historical building features serene treatment rooms and a peaceful meditation garden.
Services Offered:
-Physical treatments - Massage, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Myofascial
-Energy Treatments - Reiki, Chakra reading, Past Life Regressions
-Intuitive Sessions - Spiritual Intuitive Readings, Medical Intuitive, Spiritual Life Coaching
They design personalized experiences for clients to rejuvenate, explore, expand and reconnect. They offer package discounts on three or more services, whether used in one day or over the time of the individual's visit and group rates are available.   Tour and Travel agents can contact Baker Gendron - Director for group rates, commissions and scheduling at Baker@GatewayCottageWellness.com or phone (928) 862-4400.   

Sedona Olde Time Photos
Suggest your clients to come into Sedona Olde Time Photos and create a unique photo souvenir. They have three sets and a large selection of costumes to fit all sizes. They also have accessories and props, including guns, to add the finishing touches to your outfit. Photo sessions include taking 20 to 30 images and one printed 8 x 10 photo with a quality matte or poster. Extra prints and digital images are available. Your clients will receive 10% off, if they give us one of your business cards, so they can send you a special thank-you.  Their
 photo sessions are fun and create great memories!

Sedona Olde Time Photos is located in Uptown Sedona at 271 N State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336.  For reservations, call (928) 282-6606 or email sedonaotp@gmail.com

Sedona Events

  Sedona VegFest : January 13-14, 2018
 13th Annual Sedona Marathon Event: February 3, 2018
Sedona Yoga Festival: February 8-11, 2018
  Sedona International Film Festival: February 24 - March 4, 2018
  Sedona Mountain Bike Festival : March 2-4, 2018
ILLUMINATE Film Festival: May 30 - June 3, 2018
Sedona Hummingbird Festival: July 27-29, 2018
46th Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque: September 2018 
Red Rock Music Festival: September 8-16, 2018
Sedona WineFest: September 22-23,2018
Sedona Arts Festival : October 6-7, 2018
Red Rocks Oktoberfest: October 20, 2018  
Sedona Plein Air Festival: October 13-20, 2018
Dia de los Muertos : November 3, 2018
Sedona Open Studios Tour: November 9-11, 2018 
Tree Lighting and Santa Visit: December 7, 2018
44th Annual Festival of Lights: December 8, 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