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Press Releases Overview


Visit Tucson Hires Vanessa Bechtol and Jeffrey John

Visit Tucson, the official destination marketing organization for Tucson and southern Arizona, has hired two new staff to fill recent vacancies. Vanessa Bechtol has joined the organization as director of community partnerships. Jeffrey M. John has been hired for the position of sports manager.


See Tucson on 'Top of the World'

TUCSON, Ariz.-Visit Tucson has captured the essence of what makes the city it represents so special - majestic views from Mount Lemmon's Windy Point and dramatic shots of Mission San Xavier del Bac's colonial Spanish architecture to cycling through Gates Pass's saguaro-studded hills, glimpses of luxurious resorts and the modern lure of a revitalized downtown - in its new video, "Top of the World," streaming now on YouTube (

Randy Houser's CMA Nomination

Congratulations to Randy Houser (and co-writer Brice Long) for his Song of the Year nomination for this year's CMA Awards! We hope you’ll join us in having our fingers crossed that "Like a Cowboy" beats out some tough competition on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when the ceremonies air live on ABC. In the meantime, we have a playlist of Randy Houser videos that celebrate the country star’s connection to Tucson that you’ll enjoy, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Like a Cowboy" at Old Tucson Studios, a live performance of the smash hit at the sold-out Fox Tucson Theatre last year, plus Randy’s newest video, "We Went".


Country Music Star Randy Houser Returned to Tucson December 2014 for Exclusive Concert

TUCSON, Ariz. - To celebrate Tucson's starring role in country music video "Like A Cowboy," a ballad from Randy Houser's chart-topping album How Country Feels, Visit Tucson is bringing the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter back to town for an exclusive, live performance on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson.

Randy Houser ON LOCATION

From the start, the singer-songwriter had wanted to surprise fans with something “unique, special…a little beyond where we’ve been.” He found it at Old Tucson Studios. The production studio birthed cinema classics such as Rio Bravo and Tombstone. For Houser, Old Tucson provided the perfect setting for the video’s storyline: a period Western in which the country musician plays a drover whose work keeps him far from home for months on end.

Visit Tucson Continues to Leverage Marketing Efforts and Branding with Country Music Star Randy Houser

TUCSON, Ariz. - Earlier this year, chart-topping country star Randy Houser brought fans an epic music video for his single, "Like A Cowboy," the fourth single from the album How Country Feels, which has yielded three consecutive No. 1 hits. Visit Tucson worked closely with Houser's production team during the week long filming of the video and negotiated product placement, through CMS International, of a "Welcome to Tucson" sign, to give the ballad a sense of place.