Is Omicron going to crush Tucson’s tourist season?

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Just as Tucson heads into peak tourist season, a new COVID variant is coming and threatening to discourage travel even further. But tourism promoters say they still have reason to be optimistic – and a magazine article in England could help.

A version of National Geographic published in Great Britain praises Tucson’s Mexican food and suggests it’s the best in the United States

Dan Gibson of Visit Tucson said, “I don’t think you have to tell anyone in Tucson, but it does, it means something on this national and international scale to say that there is has something really important here that an outside source says has that intrinsic character of greater value, and so that’s what we’re trying to show people.

Visiting Tucson is working to attract more tourists here. Gibson says travel spots are working hard for supporting articles in influential magazines and even though this article is aimed at the UK, the National Geographic article will hold weight in this country as people can still find it on the UK. Web.

COVID and new, rapidly spreading variants like Omicron threaten to spoil anyone’s appetite for travel. But Gibson says hotel statistics for November – the most recent numbers at this time – show hotel bookings almost as strong as before the pandemic. And he says that in the event of a pandemic, an outdoor destination like Tucson has an advantage.

“A lot of these things that people want to do here, you can be outside and we have a lot of infrastructure like outdoor dining and events that take place outside, so we have that advantage and l ‘plus is also that the weather is getting kind of other terrible places and forcing everyone to be indoors there is no significant alfresco dining in New York at the moment ”

Concerns about the pandemic canceled last year’s Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, a key part of Tucson’s tourist season that draws visitors from around the world. Gibson says this show is happening this year, along with the many independent shows that mean so much to our local economy.

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