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Vol. XXX, Number 3
Summer, 2021
Lowell Observatory breaks ground on new $40 million Visitor Center, planned to be the centerpiece of the facility's public outreach program. The new visitor center is 6 times the size of the existing one. Our groups have long enjoyed the historic observatory, especially viewing night skies through Percival Lowell's original 24" refracting telescope. Completion of the new center is scheduled for early 2024.

Former Sedona Cultural Park in escrow, buyer plans a mixed use development for the prime 40 acre parcel. Preliminary plans are for a combination of rental housing, resort lodging, retail, and conference meeting space. The former concert venue has sat vacant for over a decade.

Sedona lodging recovers, Phoenix Sky Harbor passenger counts near pre-pandemic, signaling a robust recovery underway in the individual travel market. Occupancy rates in Sedona have now recovered to their pre-pandemic levels, as individual travelers seek experiences in smaller destinations away from cities. Phoenix Sky Harbor traffic continues a near complete recovery, according to the Phoenix Aviation Department

Grand Canyon water pipeline to be replaced, leading to some closures. The $120 million project replaces the 60 year old Roaring Springs pipeline, which is prone to breaks and leaks, with a shorter 7 mile and stronger steel line from Phantom Ranch. Some trail and facility closures will occur during the construction, scheduled to begin in January 2023 and will last about 2 years. We'll keep you posted on the best way to avoid impacts during your visit.

Sedona air tour "no fly zones" established. The agreed-upon routes for helicopter and other air tours from the Sedona airport avoid developed areas in the community and surrounding areas. Routes are designed to minimize noise impacts and protect the natural quiet in backcountry areas.

Unusual new "landscape hotel" coming to prime West Sedona parcel. Construction continues on Ambiente, located on a 3.1 acre parcel on highway 89A, on Cook's Hill, with a spectacular red rock view to the north. The project consists of 40 cube-shaped atriums, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, and designed to blend with the natural landscape.

Verde Valley Archeology Center receives $4.7 million and prepares to break ground in Camp Verde. The Center owns 15 acres in Camp Verde that protect a number of pre-Columbian ruin sites, and this is where their new wide-ranging museum facility will be located. Plans are to include classrooms, offices, a repository, and a 200-seat auditorium with catering facilities that can be rented out as a group venue. Contact us for more information about using this new venue for your next visit.

Sedona's Amara Resort gets multimillion dollar renovation. The renewal project includes rooms and public spaces, using a "treehouse" theme. Completion is scheduled for later this year.
For further information on any of these activities, to request an information kit, or just to ask a question, feel free to contact us .