Arizona Tourism Unity Dinner

May 22, 2019

 

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Our 2019 Arizona Tourism Unity Dinner at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa was brilliant for many reasons. It was a celebration of an industry that is one of Arizona’s most vital economic engines: the sports, travel, tourism and hospitality industry. With remarkable support of our sponsors, AzLTA honored several extraordinary leaders that significantly contribute to this great industry. It was an honor to have our partners and neighbors from Mexico with us to celebrate the advancements in tourism, trade and commerce between Arizona and Mexico.

Our guests and honorees illustrated the depth and breadth of this multi-faceted industry while gathering sports, travel and tourism icons and statewide business, community and thought leaders. Our leading national partner in advocating for this industry, Chip Rogers, President & CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association joined is in our celebration and shared his support of AzLTA and the Arizona tourism industry. We appreciate all that Chip has helped us to achieve in Arizona – and we are excited about the future impact of his leadership at AHLA.

We honored Michael Bidwill as Honoree of the Year for spearheading exceptional efforts to unify our industry by convening diverse leaders throughout our state to advance economic development and increase visitation. His effort has produced unprecedented wins, including Arizona – once again- being selected to host the Super Bowl in 2023 and the Final Four in 2024.

Other honorees included:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Donald E. Brandt, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, APS
Tourism Advocates: Senator Sean Bowie, Senator David Livingston
Hotelier of the Year: Westroc Hospitality
Tourism Leader of the Year: Visit Tucson
Global Partner of the Year: Arizona-Mexico Commission

In addition to celebrating our honorees, this year’s live auction raised an impressive amount to support our industry scholarships! Thank you to all our silent auction donors and bidders!

We are deeply grateful to our Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Copper Sponsors – including APS, Arizona Office of Tourism, PSAV, Arizona Cardinals, Visit Phoenix and Visit Tucson and many more. Without the support of each and every sponsor, the Unity Dinner would not have been possible. Your contribution and participation are truly appreciated.

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