National Travel and Tourism Week is May 1st through May 7th so it’s the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite things about Arizona including a local foodie trail and a city tour that features the best of Scottsdale and Phoenix. Carl Grupp, President and CEO of DETOURS, is featured in today’s guest blog.
DETOURS is proud to align with Arizona’s tourism industry in celebrating the array of benefits our industry delivers to our communities especially during National Travel & Tourism Week. From jobs to tax revenues to meaningful memories, travel makes a positive impact on all of us.
So how does DETOURS tell the story of Arizona’s tourism industry? Just recently, our friends at Visit Mesa launched the Fresh Foodie Trail™, a self-guided culinary route filled with food delights and education. To make the trail more accessible to visitors, DETOURS will be providing tours for visitors who perhaps didn’t rent a car or locals who simply want to sit back and enjoy the day without distraction.
Visit Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail Map. (Image: visitmesa.com)
The creation of Arizona’s Fresh Foodie Trail™ Tour was perhaps an opportunity to show-off a bit. The region has such terrific culinary story to tell and it really begins with our strong agritourism roots. Many of the key players are found in and around the cities of Mesa and Queen Creek, with a picturesque backdrop of mountain ranges and the unique Sonoran Desert, so it allowed for a comprehensive experience to be provided in a truly enjoyable way. This was a fun tour to develop and I know it will be an even more interesting tour for our guests to take part it in.
Queen Creak Olive Mill. (Image: visitmesa.com)
The Fresh Foodie Trail™ underscores the importance of travel and tourism in Arizona. “Visitors – and their dollars – are the lifeblood of many communities across the country. In fact, many municipal and state budgets, especially those which are reliant upon sales tax revenue, simply aren’t sustainable without important dollars,” says Marc Garcia, President & CEO of Visit Mesa. “The long and short of it is… visitors and their dollars enhance the quality of life for residents and the yield on the taxes they pay is far more efficient than the taxes we pay.”
True Gardens Urban Farm. (Image: truegardens.com)
DETOURS also offers guided tours of the Valley of the Sun – it’s a great way to explore some of the signature points of the Metro Phoenix area. Departing daily, the Scottsdale/Phoenix City Highlights Tour treats guests to sights of famous architecture, modern art, and desert views. One of my favorite parts of the tour is exploring Old Town Scottsdale and its wonderful galleries and boutiques. The half-day format leaves plenty of time in your day to visit other aspects of our city or simply enjoy the pool back at your resort.
Rachel Sacco, President and CEO of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau explains that “We have the opportunity to enjoy the world-class amenities outside our doors – our resorts, restaurants, golf courses, museums and more – right alongside the 9 million visitors that flock to our sunny destination each year.” The DETOURS Scottsdale/Phoenix City Highlights Tour is perfect for visitors and locals alike.
Our Scottsdale/Phoenix City Highlights Tour is popular year-round and I do recommend reserving your seats in advance. It’s easy to book tours directly on our website; where we occasionally feature special offers too. Your local travel advisor or resort concierge can also assist you with arrangements on DETOURS.
Book your Arizona Fresh Foodie Trail™ Tour now by emailing email@example.com.
Book your Scottsdale/Phoenix City Day Tour online or call 1.866.438.6877.
President & CEO of DETOURS