Parker City Council has taken steps to assist the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to participate in a large outdoor exhibit. At their March 1 meeting, they approved spending $4,000 of the hotel and motel bed tax so that Parker could have an information and promotional booth at the outdoor exhibit of the Arizona Game & Fish Department April 2-3 in North Phoenix.
This event is billed as the largest outdoor exhibit in Arizona. It is open to children and families.
“We’re very excited about this,” said chamber manager Melissa Newton. “There are a lot of exhibitions that are expensive and we have to travel far. It’s the perfect way to get the Parker name out there.
The Chamber already receives funds from the lodging tax, and these funds were made available through an adjustment to the Chamber’s agreement with the city.
The event will take place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility at 4044 W. Black Canyon Highway. The aim is to promote wildlife-related recreation and other outdoor activities. There will be many exhibits, seminars and hands-on activities related to living wildlife, fishing, hunter education, archery, shooting sports, camping, boating and off-road vehicles.
“Those are the things that Parker talks about,” Newton said.
Additionally, there will be exhibits and booths from sports and conservation groups, government entities, retailers and commercial manufacturers.
Newton said city council funds will pay for mileage, hotel costs and brochure printing. There will also be city-related merchandise, like keychains, which they will drop.
The goal is to increase tourism in the Parker area by attracting people to the area for outdoor activities.
Newton said many Californians come to the Parker area for outdoor recreation. She said Parker needed to start attracting people from the other side.
To learn more about the Game & Fish Outdoor Expo, visit their website at azgfd.gov.