Sunday, June 5, 2016

Virginia Korte:How You Can Support Scottsdale’s Number One Industry 

I want to express my appreciation to all of you who took the time to respond to my email last week about “How Tourism Enhances Our Quality of Life.” It is this kind of dialogue that helps to make our great city even better.

Many of you asked: “As a resident of Scottsdale, what can I do to support tourism?” It is probably simpler than you may think – especially if we all pitch in to do our part.

Whenever possible, we should shop and eat at local businesses.  When we do that it not only supports the sustainability of shops and restaurants, it puts sales tax revenue into the city treasury so we can invest in many of the amenities that make our city unique. It is also important that we begin doing a better job of supporting and approving bond proposals to maintain some of our most critical infrastructure and services.  It is essential to ensure that our arts and cultural facilities, parks and streets are in top-notch condition for visitors to enjoy – so their positive experience makes Scottsdale a place to which they return.  And makes our city a better place to live.

The tourism trade is no different than any other business: repeat business is good business, particularly for our city.

By serving on your City Council, I am aware that not everyone always agrees on important issues.  A diversity of opinion is often healthy.  But if there is one thing on which we have consensus, it is the responsibility we all share in supporting and encouraging tourism.

As residents of Scottsdale, we have plenty to be proud about – but there is always room for improvement.

PS:  One of the most significant concepts being considered to attract visitors and remain competitive in the tourism trade is the proposed Desert Discovery Center, an educational center to serve our children and residents, too.  This Tuesday the City Council will be discussing the next steps in the DDC research process.  The meeting begins at 5PM in the Kiva at City Hall.  I hope you will attend and show your support for the importance of our city’s tourism industry and our citizens. 
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