Mayor Kuykendall Honored at Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism
"Best Fest" Arizona Centennial Celebration Wins "Tourism Champion of the Year" Award
Phoenix, AZ (July 12, 2012)- Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall was among those honored at the Governor's Tourism Awards Gala at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix this evening.
Director of the Arizona Centennial Commission Karen Churchard presented the award to the members of the Arizona Centennial Committee, including Mayor Kuykendall, for their collaborative work on the Arizona Centennial "Best Fest".
This celebration of the history, heritage and diversity of Arizona was first held in Prescott on September 16-18, 2011, and again in Phoenix on February 11-12 of this year.
Mayor Kuykendall stated that he "accepted the award on behalf of the hundreds of volunteers from Prescott as well as staff from the City of Prescott who spent months planning this very successful and unique event, that attracted nearly 70,000 people to Prescott over three days."
The Arizona Centennial Best Fest featured "educational and interactive pavilions highlighting our state's rich history, to villages and towns depicting our rich cultures, to Arizona food and wine, beer, entertainment and much more", according to the official website at www.az100years.org.
The Governor's Conference on Tourism is held annually to bring together the state's tourism leaders and professionals for a series of workshops about new strategies, technologies and methods of promoting the state and its communities to travelers.
The Governor's Tourism Awards Gala is an opportunity for members of Arizona's travel and tourism industry to honor those individuals, organizations, communities and programs that are deemed especially noteworthy.