Research

Arizona Highways Magazine (2018-2019)

The Arizona Highways Magazine project was implemented by the Center for Sustainable Tourism in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Highways Magazine. The study aimed to learn about the ways Arizona Highways Magazine influences travel in Arizona.

Town of Gilbert (2018-2020)

The Center for Sustainable Tourism conducted Gilbert’s first visitor profile studies. Two studies were conducted. The first studied visitors broadly to a representative list of visitor businesses and attractions in the community, including hotel properties and the nearby Mesa Gateway airport.

Visit Phoenix and Phoenix Convention Center Attendee Research (2019)

The Center for Sustainable Tourism conducted a full year study of convention attendees and other visitors in the convention areas.  The findings of this study will inform Visit Phoenix marketing and sales programs, economic impact calculations, Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Positively Apache Junction (2017)

The Center and one of the tourism degree’s key classes, “Tourism Planning,” under the teaching of Dr. Evan Jordan, worked with ASU’s Project Cities, in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, to develop an inventory and development ideas to improve the tourism and recreation offerings in the City of Apache Junction. The City was a key partner in this project.

Colorado Rural Tourism Development Program (2017-2018)

The Center, partnered with Colorado-based tourism consulting firm Mountain Roots, was awarded this project with the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) in late 2017.

Nine Mile Canyon Public Archaeology Project (2016- )

The Center for Sustainable Tourism is working with the BLM – Green River District in Utah to engage new communities in a public excavation of a Fremont pit structure located in Nine Mile Canyon just north of Wellington, Utah.

Navajo Nation Visitor Study (2017-2018)

The Center for Sustainable Tourism is collaborating with the Navajo Nation and the Arizona Office of Tourism on a study to better understand visitor experiences at cultural and historical sites on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. This study will also estimate the economic impact of visitors to the Navajo Nation.

Sedona Sustainable Tourism Planning (2017-2018)

The Center for Sustainable Tourism is partnering with Mitch Nichols Group to develop a sustainable tourism plan for Sedona, AZ.

Yuma Visitor Study (2017-2018)

The Center for Sustainable Tourism is working with Visit Yuma, the local Destination Marketing Organization, and the County of Yuma to estimate the economic value of winter visitors to the city and county.

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Economic Impact of Off-highway Vehicle Recreation on the State of Arizona (2016-2018)

This study is in progress and is funded by Arizona State Parks.