Grand Canyon National Park has surpassed its visitation record for the second year in a row.

Michael Quinn/NPS

Over Labor Day Weekend, Grand Canyon National Park had a record number of visitors. Officials say an improving economy and the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial are responsible for the spike. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


A recent study ranked Flagstaff as having the lowest private-sector wages in the nation when adjusted for cost of living. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a low-paying tourism economy and costly real estate contribute to the ranking. 

Arizona's Tourism Numbers are Up

Jul 13, 2012

There's some good news this morning on the state tourism front: People are wanting to come here again.

The study for the Arizona Office of Tourism shows spending by visitors is approaching pre-recession levels: They dropped $18.3 billion of their cash in the state last year. That's just 3 percent below what it was in 2007. One out of every seven overnight visitors came from another country, led by Canada and Mexico. But tourism office spokeswoman Kiva Couchon pointed out that the number of tourists from Brazil and China has more than doubled in the last five years.