I write weekly published columns and blog posts as a communications strategist for the Sedona AZ Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau as they manage the challenges of being a world-class tourism destination.

OUR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PLAN GETTING NATIONAL LOVE

Sedona made major waves in May as statewide and national media reported our move to sustainable tourism. More than 150 media sites picked up the news that Sedona is a national model for sustainable tourism management including Yahoo! Finance, TheStreet.com, the Boston Herald and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In Arizona, KTAR in Phoenix featured the news, as did County Wide Today on Verde Valley TV. The Plan was a key message from the Arizona Office of Tourism to tourism professionals around Arizona. And it’s not over. KAET’s Arizona Horizon will air a live segment on the Plan in June and PBS station KJZZ is also scheduling a report.

READ MORE:  https://sedonachamber.com/visitor-center-budget/

THE  ‘SEDONA CARES’ PLEDGE TAKES A LOVE OF NATURE AND 60 SECONDS

it was a lighthearted moment with a point, as 200 people raised their right hands to take the Sedona Cares Pledge at the Chamber’s Annual Partner Meeting on October 16.

But it is a significant landmark in our new tourism management approach, with three objectives.

The first is to reinforce that residents and visitors alike can act sustainably. Many of us want to minimize our environmental impact, and the Pledge is a great way to do it. Secondly, the Pledge lays out specific actions to take (or avoid).  We hope signers feel proud and share the Pledge on social media, bringing the message to like-minded friends.

Which brings us to the third objective – using the Pledge to help spread Sedona’s new sustainability mission.

READ MORE: https://sedonachamber.com/sedona-cares-pledge-2/

HEADING OUT TO OUR RED ROCKS ON TURKEY DAY? HERE’S HOW TO LEAVE NO TRACE.

Excitement is building for Thanksgiving and it is no wonder. Besides friends, family, food and shopping, the weekend promises cooler weather, slanting light and starry nights.

It’s a perfect time to reflect on how we can assure beautiful red rock Thanksgivings for generations to come.

Sedonans have always been ready to get our hands dirty to keep our beloved environment healthy. Last week, the Oak Creek Watershed Council announced that volunteers removed 2,686 pounds of trash from the waterway this year. Today, Oak Creek is cleaner and wildlife is better off. Congratulations to all involved! You are making Sedona better.

READ MORE: https://sedonachamber.com/leave-no-trace/