Governor Ducey unveils new “Welcome to Arizona” road signs
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PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today joined Arizona Tourism Bureau Director Debbie Johnson and Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski to unveil six new highway signs that welcome travelers upon entering the state. The new models will replace the state’s aging welcome signs, which have been in use for nearly 30 years, starting in early 2020.
âThese panels showcase Arizona’s unparalleled natural beauty,â Governor Ducey said. âMore than 55 million people cross Arizona state borders each year, contributing to our economy and local businesses. There is no better way to welcome visitors to our state than with the natural splendor of Arizona. We can’t wait to see these beautiful signs on our highways.
âThese new road signs show the many attractions and landscapes that await visitors to Arizona,â said Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona office of tourism. âFrom the Grand Canyon to Saguaro National Park, Arizona’s scenic beauty is second to none. These new signs will help our state welcome visitors with open arms and showcase all we have to offer. “
Arizona’s tourism industry continues to grow. Last year, the state welcomed 45 million travelers, generating more than $ 3 billion in tax revenue and $ 24 billion in total direct spending. More than 55 million people passing through Arizona each year will be greeted by panels depicting six of Arizona’s most iconic landscapes, including the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, the Sedona Red Rocks, Horseshoe Bend, the San Francisco peaks from Flagstaff and the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. .