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Vol. XXX, Number 3
Fall, 2021
Sedona lodging breaks occupancy record, signaling a robust economic recovery in the individual travel market. While group and business travel still remain far below the pre-pandemic level, the stats show individual travelers are seeking destinations away from cities that are drivable from their home base. Sedona is attractive to visitors from large nearby cities like Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas.

Major resort development proposed near uptown Sedona. Olsen Development is proposing a new 92-room resort on 12 acres. The project would include a two-level restaurant, spa, and meeting space for groups. The proposal is currently pending approval through the public review process.

New group venue proposed for Sedona airport, with its unblockable 360 degree views. Developer Harrell Cooley LLC proposes a 6,400 square foot architect-designed indoor venue, plus 2 acres of landscaped outdoor function space. An additional 4,000 square foot restaurant is propsed in a second phase 3 years later. Much potential here, as the site is central with stunning views all around.

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.

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.

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