Bt Rachel Sacco
This year marks Experience Scottsdale’s 30th anniversary, and we are kicking off a yearlong celebration hallmarking three decades of promoting travel and tourism in Scottsdale. We wanted to start that celebration with a sincere thank you to our members, partners, stakeholders and supporters.
Thank you for being a part of the Experience Scottsdale story – whether you have just joined our efforts or have been with us from the very beginning. We couldn’t do our jobs without you.
The first chapter of our story began in 1987, when the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce formed its convention and visitors bureau division. As the pages have turned, we have grown from a four-person team within the Chamber to a standalone organization with a staff of 45.
There have been many chapters in the Experience Scottsdale story over the course of 30 years, with each bringing change and development.
But one thing has remained constant over all these years: Our unwavering commitment to bolster the city’s reputation as a tourism destination.
We have stayed true to our commitment. In each chapter, Experience Scottsdale has positioned Scottsdale as a world-class vacation, meetings and group travel destination. We have helped keep our destination top of mind for all customer segments, from meeting planners to leisure visitors to travel professionals.
And we have done so by sharing your stories.
We’ve told meeting planners about your incredible hotels and resorts. We’ve informed leisure visitors about your wonderful attractions, amenities and restaurants. We’ve invited media and travel agents to the destination to experience your offerings firsthand.
We’ve brought together Scottsdale’s diverse tourism community of which you are a part. We have served as the voice of our 400+ members in the City of Scottsdale, the Town of Paradise Valley, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
And we plan to keep promoting your businesses – your life’s work – to ensure that Scottsdale’s tourism industry remains vibrant and thriving.
Throughout this year, we will share some of Experience Scottsdale’s important milestones and historic moments. Keep an eye out for anniversary highlights in our member publications, at our meetings and events, and in our editorials and advertorials in local publications.
Thank you again for all of your contributions to Experience Scottsdale. Our story is far from over, and I hope you will help us celebrate as we look reflect on the past 30 years and look forward to the next chapter.
President & CEO
Bt Rachel Sacco