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The longtime Yuma event, transformed this year to reflect Yuma’s agricultural roots, was chosen as Arizona’s best special event for 2010-11 and honored with the Governor’s Tourism Award Thursday during a ceremony in Scottsdale.
Yuma Lettuce Days now rubs elbows with past winners such as the NBA All-Star Game, Cactus League Baseball and the Fiesta Bowl Festival of College Football.
The award was accepted by Susan Sternitzke and Kristan Sheppeard of the Yuma Visitors Bureau, organizer of the 2011 Lettuce Days 2011, from Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Wow what an unbelievable honor, said Sheppeard, who as director of YVB’s new agritourism division took the lead in Lettuce Days planning and execution.
We’re just thrilled, said Sternitzke, YVB executive director. Yuma earned so much positive media and recognition in the last year. We’re looking at this as just the first salvo of new attention and recognition of what we have to offer.
Yuma Lettuce Days was chosen out of a statewide pool of competitors in the Urban category. The festival competed against events held in other areas with a population of 75,000 or more, including those in metro Phoenix and Tucson.
Though we knew we were among the finalists, when I looked at the list of past winners in the program at lunch, I figured we didn’t really have a chance, Sheppeard said.
This is just amazing, especially considering all the great events that take place every year across Arizona.
Sheppeard attributed the success to the shift of Lettuce Days away from just being just another arts and crafts fair, and back to focusing on Yuma’s agriculture.
All the changes we made to Yuma Lettuce Days this year were intended to give it a new and distinct identity ” I guess this award is evidence that we achieved that and took it to a new level in terms of attracting people from outside of Yuma and outside Arizona.
Plus, the strong support we got from Yuma agriculture community and the shippers and packers was really important.
Lettuce Days is expected to become a yearly tradition in its current form, Sheppeard added.
Our goal is to make Lettuce Days a signature event for our area, like the Garlic Festival is for Gilroy (Calif.). This award will give a big boost to our efforts to promote Lettuce Days as a great showcase for the whole Yuma area and our fantastic agriculture industry.
This event would not have been possible without both the ag community which includes growers, shippers, Yuma Safe Produce Council, Yuma Area Ag Council and really the entire industry ” and the amazing culinary experts, which includes all of the talented executive chefs that offered their culinary expertise for the entire festival.
Yuma was last honored with a Governor’s Tourism Award in 2009, when the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area earned the annual Arizona Preservation Award for its master plan redevelopment programs.
Sternitzke, Sheppeard and Ann Walker represented Yuma at the tourism conference, along with Tina Clark from the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.
It’s been great, Sternitzke said. Everyone we talk to is giving such positive feedback, it’s nice to see that Yuma’s hard work is not going unnoticed.
It’s over 100 pages and it’s a little ponderous to read. Here’s a snapshot of the Pima County Audit for your digestion( or indigestion). A listing of the MTCVB Board will follow soon. It’s up to them to see if this gets fixed and get rid of the Walker/Vaughan tandem.(at left on their Scottish Golf Vacation with one of their vendors)
Here’ s the complete report: http://pima.gov/Administration/MTCVB_audit/bd-mtcvb.audit.report_20110712090644.pdf
Tale of the Tape – Stats on Tourism Growth
The ten-year recent period of 1999-2008 was selected, just before
the precipitous drops that occurred across the state in 2009. Here
are the results.
1. Arizona’s total travel spending for the period grew 41.4
percent, from $13,071billion to $18,480 billion dollars.
2. Maricopa County’s travel spending percentage of growth
exceeded that of the state with a 49.7 % increase, from $7,779
billion to an estimated $11,642 billion.
3. Pima County’s tourism expenditures experienced a
significantly less robust estimated growth rate of only 21.8
percent, from $1,725 billion to $2,101 billion.
This time period was during the boom days. Before global economic meltdowns, SB 1070s, etc. Pima County lost significant market share during the tenure of the Walker/Vaughan. They were funded anywhere between $6-$10 million per year. They also get paid $180,000 and $230,000 respectively. That’s some serious money. Serious money for bad results. Time to go, gents.
Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau (MTCVB) Subcommittee
Thursday April 21, 2011 – 10:00 A.M.
Mayor and Council Chambers
City Hall, 255 W. Alameda
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