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Annual City Officials Luncheon
June 10, 2015, 11:30am-1:30pm
Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa
The Valley's tourism industry is critical to our economy and every Arizona resident benefits from our industry's efforts as employers and as a tax base for our state, cities and towns. Join us for an opportunity to meet and communicate with our local City Officials as we continue to educate the value of lodging and tourism in the Valley and build our mutual relationships. Space is limited, so register today at VHRA.net.

Smith Travel Research (STR) Budget Breakfast
August 19, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The Phoenician
Mark your calendars for the fourth annual joint VHRA/AzLTA August breakfast focused on tourism-industry forecasting in order to assist our members in their 2016 budgeting process. This event will host Vail Brown, a Smith Travel Research expert, who will provide insights on how the Valley's lodging and tourism industry is expected to trend in the coming years in order to offer our members guidance during the budget season. Stay tuned for registration details on this valuable event.

Save the Date for the 2015 Media Reception
Thursday, October 22
Arizona Biltmore Resort
One of VHRA's most popular events will once again take place at the Arizona Biltmore in October. The annual Media Reception offers the 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 hotel and resort cuisine. This is a highly anticipated event with limited availability so contact Alena Hicks to inquire about sponsorship.
VHRA NEWS
Sunny Skies Prevailed at 2015 Golf Tournament
What started out as a cool and rainy day in May turned into a perfect sunny day on the golf course. Thanks to all of those who attended, sponsored and supported our 2015 VHRA Golf Tournament at the Westin Kierland Golf Club last week. While attendance was down this year, those that participated enjoyed a valuable day of networking and we greatly appreciate our members' support of this critical annual education fundraiser for the Association. Special thanks to Bruce Lange and his team at the Westin Kierland for hosting this event each year as well as the following sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors
Crescent Crown Distributing

Hole-in-One Sponsor
Total Customized Revenue Management

Beverage Cart Sponsors
Hensley Beverage Co.
PSAV
Where Magazine
Silver Sponsors
American Audio Visual
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort
AVmedia
AZSTA/Global Spectrum
Balfour Beatty Construction
Cox Business
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
Paradise Valley/Scottsdale
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Gainey Suites Hotel
Hensley Beverage Company
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas
LandCorp
The Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
Silver Sponsors (Continued)
The McCormick Scottsdale
Phoenix Convention Center & Venues
Pointe Hilton Resorts
The Phoenician
PSAV
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
SRP
Troon Golf
TruGreen Landcare
Visit Phoenix
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel
The Wigwam
VHRA Awards Scholarships
to Hospitality Students

VHRA Chairman, Doug Heaton, along with the President & CEO, Debbie Johnson, awarded two scholarships of $2,500 each to Scottsdale Community College students in the Hospitality and Tourism program. With the help of the program's director, Larry Williams, two outstanding students were selected to receive the 2015 contribution for their exemplary studies. Congratulations to Haylee Bross and Trester Hamana for their hard work and dedication and thanks to all of our members who have participated in our fundraising events.

Scholarship Nomination Deadline
Looming for 2015-2016

The deadline to receive the scholarships for next year has been extended to Friday, May 22. Member properties are encouraged to share the application with employees who are furthering their education. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible and preference is given to employees of VHRA member properties. Download the Application.
INDUSTRY/MEMBER NEWS
2015 Governor's Conference on Tourism
June 22-24, 2015
JW Marriott Camelback Inn
Early Bird discounted registration ends on May 22nd for the 2015 Governor's Conference on Tourism, taking place at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. The conference begins Monday, June 22nd with the Arizona Office of Tourism's Research General Session, followed by the annual Taste of Arizona reception. Many valuable breakout sessions, national keynote speakers and the Arizona Governor's Award Gala are also slated for attendees. For more details and information, visit: www.aztourismconference.com.

Visit Phoenix Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 28, 2015
4:00 p.m. Culinary Panel
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Annual Meeting
and Networking Reception

Desert Botanical Gardens
Don't miss this annual event that brings together Greater Phoenix's travel and hospitality community for an evening of entertainment and education. The afternoon kick off with a conversation about culinary tourism that features a panel of top restaurateurs and chefs. For more information visit: Phxannualmeeting.com. To RSVP and order tickets, click here.


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