What's New in Sedona, Arizona
Travel Trade News Summer 2018

 

Dear Industry Friends,
 
We hope you are enjoying the summer!
 
Summer is one of the most dramatic times of year to enjoy Sedona's magnificent nature.  Being in nature helps you rejuvenate and recharge.  As Being one of the most highly-rated wellness travel destinations, Sedona is a place where you can engage without distractions. Don't worry, all your electronic devices will work just fine in Sedona but don't be surprised if you rarely use them. 

In fact, TripAdvisor recently compiled a list of the top wellness destinations in the United States, and throughout the world, where travelers can retreat and focus on well-being, yoga, meditation and self-care. 

Sedona ranked #1 on the U.S. list and #3 on the global list.

Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the U.S.:
1. Sedona, Arizona

Top 10 Global Destinations for a Digital Detox:
1. Bali, Indonesia
2. Rishikesh, India
3. Sedona, Arizona, U.S.

Please let the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau assist you with information, itinerary ideas, obtaining FIT or group rates and information from our business partners.
 
We look forward to welcoming you and your clients to Sedona, the most beautiful place on Earth!
Sedona Updates
With the help of 25 generous local sponsors, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau (SCC&TB) will donate $250,000 to the US Forest Service by 2021!  The SCC&TB just had their Sedona Trail Keepers annual donation event on June 5, where they donated $50K to the  Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund for preservation, maintenance, and creation of trails. 
 
Your tour participants can be part of Sedona's sustainable efforts by purchasing 'Nine Easy Hikes in Sedona' book that support the Red Rock Trails. This $8 booklet is available at SCC&TB Official Visitor Center at 331 Forest Road, Sedona, AZ and many of our hotels. 

 

Nine Easy Hikes Sedona AZ
Nine Easy Hikes Sedona AZ

Arizona State Route 89A Safety & Roadway/Bridge Improvements

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is planning four safety and roadway/bridge improvement projects on or adjacent to State Route 89A (SR 89A) between Sedona and Flagstaff. Three of the projects require travel restrictions and are being coordinated to minimize traffic impacts. For details, please click here.
 
If you have a question or concern, please contact the following:

855.712.8530 |  SR89A@hdrinc.com
SR 89A Projects, HDR, Inc., 101 N 1st Avenue, Ste 1950, Phoenix, AZ 85003


RunSedona Event ~ If the Hills Don't Take Your Breath Away, the Scenery Will! 

The re-branded RunSedona Event will be held on February 2, 2019.  Your clients can register now for the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon distances! The course will take participants through the scenic Red Rocks and onto the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo and Post-race Celebration Zone with Beer Garden. Come to the 14th Annual RunSedona Event and be part of a rich tradition of healthy, sustainable living in Sedona, the Most Beautiful Place on Earth!


Condor to Extend Phoenix-Frankfurt Service in 2019

Condor Airlines announced it will expand service between Phoenix and Frankfurt, Germany, next year following a successful debut in the market.  In May 2018, Condor Airlines started twice-weekly flights between Frankfurt Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport using a  Boeing 767-300ER capable of carrying 250 passengers each way. This year the flight operates seasonally, running from mid-May to September. 
 
In 2019 the airline will start its seasonal service earlier and end later. Condor's 2019 season will include all of May and October twice a week.

Sedona is only 2 hours from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and it the most popular gateway airport for Sedona visitors.


National Park Fees Increase

Sedona is close to many National Parks and Monuments.  Within three-hour radius from Sedona, there are 2 National Parks (Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest National Parks) and 6 National Monuments (Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki, Sunset Crater, and Tonoto National Monuments).  In addition to these National Parks and Monuments, Sedona is home to Red Rock and Slide Rock State Parks.  That is one of the reasons your clients should consider Sedona as a hub for their visit to our region.  
 
In April 2018, the National Park Service announced changes to the entrance fees charged at 117 national parks. The changes has been implemented in many of the parks that charge entrance fees since June 1, 2018. More than two-thirds of national parks will remain free to enter.   See a complete list of park entrance fees.

Sedona Lodging News
Poco Diablo Resort Opens TC's Bar & Grill

Poco Diablo Resort , Sedona's original resort, located just 3 miles south of Uptown on SR 179 is proud to announce the opening of the new "TC's Bar & Grill". The NEW "TC's Bar & Grill" offers a fun, friendly, modern and casual environment for locals and travelers of all sorts to enjoy. 
 
The menu mirrors the aesthetics with a versatile array of items to choose from. Created to deliver a relaxing atmosphere, the menu offering Paninis, Hand Patty Burgers, Vegetarian item with a selection of appetizers and salads. The bar is fully equipped with your favorite spirits and also offers eight local draft beers and a fine selection of wine.   Read the full press release.

L'Auberge de Sedona Ushers in Elite Leadership Team

L'Auberge de Sedona , the Southwest's premier luxury resort, named five hospitality executives to leadership roles as it continues to refine its star power. Together, the team is overseeing all aspects of the property's operations and food and beverage offerings, ensuring the highest quality experiences for which L'Auberge de Sedona is known.
 
The new hospitality executive positions include: General Manager, Director of Food and Beverage, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, Executive Sous Chef, and Executive Pastry Chef. Read the full press release.

Enchantment Resort Announces New Executive Chef

Enchantment Resort , Sedona's leading luxury resort located in the heart of Boynton Canyon, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jose Martinez as Executive Chef. Set on 70 acres of panoramic natural terrain, Enchantment Resort is known for its fresh locally-sourced ingredients, sophisticated menus, and award-winning wine lists.  Chef Martinez discovered his love of cooking nearly two decades ago while leading the culinary vision and running the kitchen at his family's celebrated seafood restaurant in his native Puerto Rico. Martinez most recently served as the Executive Chef at the Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria hotel.   Read the full press release.

Sedona Services
Chef Lisa Dahl Expands Her Culinary Empire in Sedona

Chef Lisa Dahl, owner and Executive Chef of Dahl Restaurant Group, announced the expansion of her restaurant concepts with the debut of a "couture-burger lounge", Butterfly Burger, and a second location of her fast-casual, wood-fired pizzeria, Pisa Lisa.
 
Both restaurants will be located in the Village of Oak Creek within Sedona Vista Village, a redevelopment project currently underway by Martin Aronson who is transforming the former Outlet Mall into a mixed-use destination with restaurants, retail and a new 120-room hotel, Element by Westin. Read the full press release


Sedona Events

 Sedona Hummingbird Festival: July 27-29, 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
Sedona VegFest: January 19-20, 2019
 Run Sedona Event: February 2, 2019
 Sedona International Film Festival : February 23 - March 3, 2019
Sedona Yoga Festival : March 14-17, 2019

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