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Tucson Update - Tourism

TOURISM

 

Tourism accounts for one of every 10 jobs and adds over $1.8 billion per year to the local economy. Travel and tourism produce 40,000 jobs in all of the sectors listed in the Employment section above, and has been one of the most rapidly growing industries in Tucson.

TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS*

ATTRACTION

ATTENDANCE (2005-2006)

DESCRIPTION

Saguaro National Park

740,207

Saguaro cacti, Upper Sonoran Desert biota, hiking trails, visitor center

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

470,000

Zoological park, geological museum, botanical garden

Reid Park Zoo

445,117

17-acre zoo, animals in natural settings, gift shop

Pima Air & Space Museum

300,000

Operate Pima Air & Space Museum & Titan Missile Museum including over 200 of the most important aircraft in history

Pima County Fairgrounds

250,000

County fair, exhibits, 4-H, concerts, carnival rides

Patagonia Lake State Park/ Sonoita Creek

202,785

Camping, boating and fishing

Kartchner Caverns State Park

198,374

Guided cave tours, gift shop, campground

Old Tucson Studios

196,000

Family theme park, movie location, live entertainment

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

188,000

Restaurant, shops, hiking, skiing, lifts

Tohono Chul Park

175,238

Sonoran desert plants, culture, lectures, nature trails, nursery, bird watching, shops, tearoom

Colossal Cave Park

155,000

Large, dry cavern, guided tours, picnicking

Arizona Historical Society Museums

132,000

Museum, lectures, exhibits, tours, library, archives

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

130,000

Historic district, museum, art museum

Catalina State Park 

124,942

Camping, picnicking, hiking, equestrian center, and scenic beauty

Picacho Peak State Park

105,300

Camping, hiking, picnicking

Kitt Peak National Observatory

100,000

Public tours, evening star gazing, exhibits, educational programs

Tucson Botanical Gardens

100,000

Gardens, educational classes, gift shop, nursery

Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center

65,000

Science and research center, tours, exhibits, displays, multi-media presentations

Tucson Children’s Museum

73,867

Hands-on children’s activities, interactive exhibits, educational guided tours

International Wildlife Museum

64,750

Interactive exhibits with 400+ species

University of Arizona Museum of Art

60,500

Medieval, renaissance, 19th century, modernist, and contemporary art

Tombstone Courthouse

48,247

Historic courthouse

Flandrau Science Center

45,620

Planetarium theater, mineral museum, public telescope

Arizona State Museum

36,000

Oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, exhibits, public programs, library, gift shop

*Source:  Inside Tucson Business 2007 Book of Lists


Links to Information about Travel and Tourism in Tucson and Arizona

Economic Impacts of Mexican Visitors to Arizona: 2001 (Internet Link to PDF)

Tourism in the Tucson Metro Area (PDF 587KB)

Tucson International Airport Statistics (Internet Link)

Total Passengers Tucson International Airport: 1995-2007 (PDF 22KB)

The Economic Significance of the Arizona Travel Industry (PDF 372KB)

Arizona Travel Impacts 1998-2005 (PDF 806KB)

July 12, 2006, Arizona tourism: we’re back by Levi J. Long/ Arizona Daily Star (Internet Link)