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Prescott listed among 2019 places to visit and best-performing small cities

Prescott Arizona

Though only a month into the new year, the city of Prescott has already gained some major recognition.

Making the list for the second year in a row, travel company Expedia has included Prescott among its 2019 “Cities That Must Be Seen” list, which notes that visitors can enjoy hiking trails, kayaking, mountain climbing and exceptional biking opportunities.

Prescott also made a repeat appearance on the Milken Institute’s list of “best performing small cities,” – moving up seven spots this year. The city ranked 26th out of 201, based on health care, tourism, manufacturing, high-tech sectors and housing-related elements.

– John Heiney, City of Prescott

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The Scott Resort & Spa to complete $15 million renovation

The Scott Resort & Spa

The Scott Resort & Spa, a Mission-inspired, 204-room Scottsdale resort, will complete the second phase of its $15 million renovation – a comprehensive revamp of all guestrooms including an all-new Presidential Suite as well as the addition of four, one-bedroom suites – in September 2018.

The design, by avroKO, draws from four central pillars: colors and comforts of 1930s Havana; geometry of the Bauhaus; Mission Revival architecture; and the beauty of the Arizona desert. The first phase of The Scott’s redesign debuted in September 2017 and introduced refreshed public spaces, meeting rooms and a signature restaurant, The Canal Club.

– Christina La Porte, Experience Scottsdale

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Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock completes $12 million renovation

The final phase of the Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock’s $12 million, three-year renovation is now complete.

Nestled along the Red Rock Scenic Byway and steps from some of the most majestic scenery on the globe, the new look includes a new restaurant concept called ShadowRock Tap + Table; the addition of both an on-site hiking concierge and an adventure concierge; and a one-of-a-kind red sand boot camp playground called the Warrior Pit.

In addition, each of the resort’s 219 rooms has been re-designed, and the lobby has been completely reimagined from the ground up.

– Andra Dan, Arizona & New Mexico Hilton Resorts

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Chamber urging travelers to fly Tucson first

Current estimates indicate that, on an annual basis, almost one million Southern Arizonans drive out of town to take flights from other airports.

In response, the “Fly Tucson First Pledge” was created.

The recent pledge is a community initiative of the Tucson Metro Chamber to bring Southern Arizona businesses and residents together in a cause to utilize the airport as often as possible, instead of flying from non-Tucson airports.

Doing so keeps money in the Tucson economy. It also encourages local public and private development, which in turn could bring more external business opportunities and revenue into Southern Arizona.

– Howard Stewart, Tucson Metro Chamber

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Summer resort deals abound

According to the Arizona Office of Tourism, Arizonans leave 11 million paid days of vacation unused annually. This year, enjoy a few days off and take advantage of the amazing resorts and their award-winning amenities across Arizona, most with prices cut in half through Labor Day. Here are some favorites:

Northern Arizona

Amara Resort Sedona

L’Auberge de Sedona

Central Arizona

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Hotel Adeline

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

JW Marriott Camelback Inn (Mr. Marriott’s favorite resort)

The Phoenician (and its newly renovated Canyon Suites)

Southern Arizona

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort Tucson

Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations

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Arizona bucket list: Antelope Canyon

red-hued sandstone

Antelope Canyon is the most photographed and visited slot canyon in the United States. The canyon is known for its wavy features and bright beams of light bursting from the openings in its walls. Seeing it firsthand is a dreamy, otherworldly experience.

The canyon features Upper Antelope, known for massive light beams, and Lower Antelope, which features smaller beams but is less crowded because climbing is required to access it.

Both options are only accessible via guided tour. The best time to visit is mid-May to September from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. View all available tours here.

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations