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Pre-Fam - April 4-8, 2018 - Southwest Deserts and Seas


April 4:
Arrive Tucson Airport by 12pm-Pre-night available - $69 plus tax
Transfer to Desert Diamond for 1pm departure for Rocky Point. 
Activities and dinner provided by Rocky Point Visitors Bureau
Overnight at Penasco del Sol
April 5:

Breakfast is included at the hotel.  
Discover the charm of Rocky Point and enjoy the delicious food and warm hospitality.  Lunch and dinner included. 
Overnight at Penasco del Sol
April 6
Breakfast is included at the hotel.

Depart for Yuma to discover Arizona’s Desert Oasis.
Activities and dinner provided by Visit Yuma.
April 7:
Breakfast is included at the hotel. 

Discover the hidden treasurers in Yuma – a small town with a lot to offer tour groups.  Lunch and dinner included.  
April 8:

Breakfast is included at the hotel.
Depart for Tucson.

Lunch and tour of Tohono Chul Gardens.

Arrive at Desert Diamond around 3pm.   

  20th  Annual Spotlight on the Southwest

April 8-10, 2018 

Tucson AZ

Pre-Fam - April 4-8, 2018

Southwest Deserts and Seas

Save the dates – April 8-10, 2018 at Desert Diamond  Resort and Casino in Tucson AZ!   Spotlight on the Southwest  is a tourism conference which combines educational seminars, networking functions and a trade show. Operators are primarily domestic (including Canada) and range from small operations to large receptive companies (and everything in between). The ratio of suppliers to operators is never more than 2.5 to 1.

Spotlight is casual and intimate. We don't just network - we build relationships at Spotlight. There are three days of interaction in which to conduct business.  The goal is to build lasting relationships. New tour itineraries to off-the-beaten-path destinations are highlighted, using the closest Southwestern gateway cities and all they have to offer as arrival and departure points.  

The first 20 operators to sign up will be included in the Spotlight pre-fam, April 5-8, 2018.  All operators must complete a Spotlight Qualification Form to be eligible.  Details will be available soon.  

Who Has Attended Spotlight on the Southwest in the Past?  Tour Operators like All Aboard America, America 4 You,  Around and About Tours, Custom Holidays, Detours of Arizona, Fancy-Free Holidays,  Free Spirit Vacations & Events, Friends & Neighbors Tours, Getaway Tours of AZV,  Great Western Tours, Leisure West Tours & Cruises, Main Street Tours, Mirage Tours, New World Tours, Palm Spring Tours & More, RH Factor, Shebby Lee Tours,  Sports Empire, Sports Leisure Vacations, Synergy Tours, Talbot Tours, Travel Alliance Partners, Trapper Travel & Tours, World Span World Span Tours, Vaughan’s Southwest Custom Tours, Worldwide Pilgrimages, Lead USA, Brilliant Adventures, Barlett Tours,  Mid-Atlantic Tours and Receptive Services, Patty;s Travel, Tours of Distinction, Tripod Vacations, Van Galder Tour and Travel, and Nagel Tours.  

Spotlight Preliminary Agenda:
April 8, 2018:                          
1:00pm      Registration Table open - Early afternoon Arrival
5:00pm      Welcome Reception sponsored by Desert Diamond

April 9, 2018:                         
8:00am -   Breakfast is included in the buffet

8:00am     Registration and trade show set up
9:00 am    Keynote speaker - Felipe Garcia

                  Executive Vice President of Visit Tucson
10:30 am  Trade Show
12:30 pm   Lunch sponsored by Sonora Tourism Office, Visit Rocky Point,

                    and A Closer Look Tours
 2:00 pm    Brainstorming Session and Itinerary Planning
3:30 pm    Dinner and tour sponsored by Tucson CVB

9:30pm    Return to hotel 

April 10, 2018:                         
8:00am      Breakfast
9:00 am     Presentation of Itineraries
10:00 am   Town Hall - Sharing of Best Practices
11:00 am   Spotlight Concludes