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Tucson Ranks Second in New 'America's Best Cities' Report


Contact: Dan Gibson, Director of Communications
520-770-2133 |

A report by industry think-tank Resonance Consultancy ranks Tucson second among "Small Cities" and highly for product, programming and promotion

Today in New York City, tourism and economic development advisory agency Resonance - along with National Geographic - announced the winners of their America's Best Cities research. The results were separated into two categories - metropolitan areas above and below a million in population; and in the "small city" category, Tucson came in second, ahead of popular tourist destinations Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Asheville. 

Taking into consideration 27 factors in six categories using, as the report (available online) states, "a combination of core statistics and online ratings and reviews," Tucson ranked in the top three in half of the categories - first for product (which includes local institutions and attractions), second in programming (food, culture, nightlife and more), and third for promotion (the amount of news coverage and quality of online reviews).

The report's feature on Tucson's ranking starts with a great headline: "Youthful, delicious and ambitious, Arizona’s second city has never been hotter," and continues with the compliments, raving about the cultural attractions associated with the University of Arizona, our outdoor opportunities and, of course, our food, complete with a nod to our UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation.

Visit Tucson CEO Brent DeRaad said about the results: “We’re thrilled to be in great company with cities like Honolulu and Charleston on the America’s Best Cities list. To see Tucson highly ranked for our museums, entertainment, neighborhoods and outdoor activities just reinforces what we’ve believed all along…Tucson is a great place to visit, live, work and play.”

For more information about how Visit Tucson promotes our community, contact Dan Gibson, Director of Communications - or 520-770-2133.


About Visit Tucson

Visit Tucson is the destination marketing organization for Tucson and Southern Arizona; its mission is to drive economic development by connecting visitors with their ideal travel and meetings experiences. Visit Tucson is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Town of Oro Valley and more than 500 individual and business partners. See how Visit Tucson powers tourism -