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MARCH 2013 E-BULLETIN
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April April VH&RA Luncheon - Correction
April 10, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hilton Phoenix East Mesa
Please join us for one of the most anticipated luncheons of the year. Bob Hayward will present Warnick & Company's annual lodging industry outlook for Maricopa County and Arizona. This presentation is full of valuable information and one that any lodging professional or supplier to the industry will not want to miss. Register today at VHRA.net.
VH&RA NEWS
2013 VH&RA Golf Tournament, May 10
Join us on May 10th at the Westin Kierland Golf Club for an afternoon on the links and some priceless Industry networking and client hosting. Our annual golf tournament contributes to the Association's efforts to continue our strong support of hospitality education and scholarships, and to build a strong foundation to support the issues that lie ahead for the hotel industry. Download the Sponsorship/Registration Form.

Media Reception Slated for October 3, 2013
Mark your calendars today for one of the year's most popular events-the VH&RA Media Reception held at the Arizona Biltmore. Don't miss this opportunity to network with the Valley's top local media contacts, meet local elected officials, enjoy time with your peers and sample the Valley's best resort cuisine. This is a highly anticipated event with limited availability, so call today to inquire about sponsorships or participation. For information, contact Alena Hicks.

Last Reminder for 2013 Dues
Final reminders to renew VH&RA dues for 2013 membership have been sent and time is running out to stay involved. Don't miss the opportunity to network with Industry peers and Valley hotel executives, stay abreast of cutting edge Industry news and receive exclusive member discounts on a variety of industry-related products. Those not yet renewed have until the end of March to take advantage of member benefits. For questions or more information, please contact David Nance.

Get Noticed on VH&RA's Website
Exclusive advertising is still available on VHRA.net and in electronic and print newsletters. For those looking to get noticed by our membership, sponsorship is affordable but the opportunities are limited so contact Kristen Jarnagin today if you are interested.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Az Wine & Dine is Next Week!
Tickets are still available for the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association's annual culinary event, AZ Wine & Dine taking place at the Scottsdale Quarter on Thursday, April 4 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Don't miss this fun and festive event that showcases culinary artistry from many of the state's top resort chefs as well as Scottsdale Quarter's signature restaurants. Attendees can enjoy the tasty samples paired with boutique wines and craft beers, a silent auction and jazzy entertainment from the Shining Star Band. Details, sponsorship information and a link to tickets can be found at www.AZWine&Dine.com and the event also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Save the Date for the Governor's Conference on Tourism
The 2013 Governor's Conference on Tourism will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass, July 10-12 and will be filled with the latest in Industry trends, statistics and professional education. Two national keynote speakers who are experts in Tourism Economics and Social Media are already confirmed! Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details. www.aztourismconference.com.

Phoenix Mayor, City Officials Welcome Millionth Delegate to Phoenix
Convention Center

Dr. Monique Weldon, owner of Loving Family Animal Hospital in Aurora, Colo., was the one millionth delegate to visit the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) since it emerged four years ago from a $600 million expansion. Weldon, a veterinary professional in town for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) annual conference, was honored by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and City Manager David Cavazos during the AAHA's opening general session. PCC Director, Debbie Cotton, and Greater Phoenix CVB President, Steve Moore, also participated in the celebration. Cavazos pointed out that one million convention delegates visiting downtown Phoenix equates to nearly $1.5 billion in estimated spending for Phoenix's economy.

In addition to honoring Dr. Weldon with an array of gifts that included a return visit to Phoenix, representatives from the Greater Phoenix CVB and three downtown hotels–the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown and Sheraton Phoenix Downtown–donated $1,000 to the Phoenix branch of AAHA's charity of choice, the Rescue Operation for the Animals of the Reservation (ROAR). The AAHA matched that donation to ROAR, and another $2,500 was given to the group's cause by BlogPaws, a collection of bloggers who write about pet-care information.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Allied Members
Burch & Crachiolo, P.A.
Susanne Ingold, Attorney
Phone: (602) 274-7611
Email: singold@bcattorneys.com
Web: www.bcattorneys.com

Crescent Crown Distributing
Joe Cotroneo, GM
Phone: (480) 281-3630
Email: joe.cotroneo@crescentcrown.com
Web: www.ccdaz.com

Ecolab, Inc
Scott Adams, Area Vice President, Sales
Phone: (480) 281-3630
Email: scott.adams@ecolab.com
Web: www.ecolab.com

Kutak Rock LLP
Natalie Anderson, Partner
Phone: (480) 429-7105
Email: natalie.anderson@kutakrock.com
Web: www.kutakrock.com

The Destination Manager
Erin Lipman, Account Executive
Phone: (480) 481-3471
Email: erin@destmgr.com
Web: www.destmgr.com

The Groundskeeper
John Maleske, Landscape Consultant
Phone: (480) 545-0456
Email: johnpm@groundskeeper.com
Web: www.groundskeeper.com

Veterans Security
Erin Clark, Branch Manager
Phone: (602) 234-3628
Email: eclark@vetsec.com
Web: www.vetsec.com

Willis of Arizona
Chad Schubert, Client Advocate -
Hotel Practice
Phone: (602) 787-6315
Email: chad.schubert@willis.com
Web: www.willis.com

Lodging Member
Crowne Plaza Phoenix
Adam Stanchina, General Manager
Phone: (602) 943-2341
Rooms: 248

Embassy Suites Tempe
Patti Hunt, GM
Phone: (480) 897-7444
Rooms: 224



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1240 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85014
Phone: (602) 375-2996  ·  Fax: (602) 604-0769