About

Founded in 1998, the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance, a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization, was created to develop innovative marketing techniques in collaboration with other Arizona tourism boards to enhance awareness of the variety of educational and entertainment activities available in our communities to cooperatively promote tourism and visitation in southern Arizona. Founding organizations included Old Tucson, Arizona Aerospace Foundation, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Visit Tucson (MTCVB).

The SAAA is supported in part by Visit Tucson, Pima County & University of Arizona

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Our Mission

The mission of the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance is to increase awareness of and drive visitation to the Alliance member attractions through marketing, education and advocacy.

Primary Marketing Vehicles

  • Tucson Attractions Passport
  • Tucson Attractions Map Brochure
  • Tucson Attractions Website
  • VIsitWidget – A planning ad for the Desktop and a app for your Smartphone
  • Social Media Postings
  • Co-Operative Advertising and Outreach
  • Ambassador Showcase of the Attractions

Education/Professional Development

  • Monthly Meetings
  • Monthly Educational Topic
  • SAAA Pledge of Practice
  • Annual Meeting of Attractions

Advocacy

  • Protect the interests of the Southern Arizona Attractions
  • Partner with DMO’s, local and state governments, Chambers, Cultural Organizations and others

 

Our 2022 Board of Directors

Officers:

  • President: Hillary Louarti, Diamond Transportation
  • Past President: Wendi Rountree, University of Arizona
  • Vice President: Stan Martin, Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee & Museum
  • Secretary: Nick Letson, Marketing Manager, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
  • Treasurer:

Committee Chairs/Board Directors:

  • Marketing: Tom Moulton, Nick Letson, Katie Bailey, Publisher/Owner, Tucson Guide Magazine; Non-Board Members: Joan Lee, Linda Fahey
  • Membership: Wendi Rountree, University of Arizona Branding & Marketing (University of Arizona Attractions
  • Programs: Stan Martin, Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum & Committee
  • Outreach: Pamela Traficanti, Visit Tucson, Nick Letson, Debbie McKinion, Arizona Historical Society
  • Staff:

 

Membership Kit

Membership is open to attractions and businesses involved in tourism located in southern Arizona.

Membership Meetings

The SAAA has membership meetings are mostly on the second Thursday of the month, except Showcase and Holiday Function. Most meetings begin at 8:30 am and are held at various attractions and member locations throughout Tucson. Attraction co-workers, guests and prospective members are encouraged to attend.  Most meetings have an educational program

January 10, Virtual (Program: VisitWidget – New benefit for members
February 9 (A Wednesday), Arizona History Museum (Program, Tucson Attractions Passport & Day Tickets, How they work together to bring in incremental attendance to your attractions)
March 3, Annual Meeting, Westward Look, A Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
April  29, General Membership Meeting, 9:00 am, Pima Air and Space Museum
June 9, General Meeting, 8:30 am on Showcase 2022 Planning and Brainstorm Session.  Register here for the virtual Zoom meeting credentials.