Events & Activities

Welcome / Taste Participant Form Reception

Join your Travel Industry peers at this fun networking event, which kicks-off the 2016 Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Enjoy an evening featuring fine cuisine from many of Southern Arizona’s premier restaurants, hotels and resorts while you browse the sponsor exhibits and bid on silent auction items.

Hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association

Governor’s Tourism Awards Gala

Join sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and attendees at the largest networking event of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism – the Governor’s Tourism Awards Gala.

The gala culminates with the Arizona Office of Tourism celebrating industry achievements during the presentation of the coveted annual Governor’s Tourism Awards. These awards recognize communities, organizations, events and people that have enhanced Arizona’s tourism industry during the course of the past year.

Sponsored by: Arizona Office of Tourism

Governor’s Tourism Award Nominations

Each year the Arizona Office of Tourism presents the Governor’s Tourism Awards to celebrate the outstanding contributions accomplished by the Arizona tourism industry. Please review the 2016 Submission Categories and Submission Rules to nominate and be a part of the event.

Silent Auction

The Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism (GCOT) auction will provide your company exposure to hundreds of GCOT attendees from the Arizona tourism industry, as well as invited political dignitaries and media.  Please download the Silent Auction Packet 2016 to donate today!


Bring your innovative marketing ideas to the masses. Enter your idea in our GRAND PITCH for your chance to win up to $100,000 in FREE media buys from Arizona Office of Tourism media partners. Four lucky finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a team of judges at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Read more here.

Golf at GCOT

The Westin La Paloma will offer a special Greens Fee of $75 per person (plus tax) for anyone who would like to golf pre/post conference.