Arizona hopes Canadian snowbirds and tourists return this winter

By Thalia Lopez
Published: Friday, October 22, 2021 - 9:02pm
Updated: Monday, October 25, 2021 - 8:20am

Winter is coming, and for the winter visitors known as snowbirds, places like Arizona are the ultimate destination.

Arizona has become home to many snowbirds during the winter season. Canadians have contributed to Arizona's economic growth with billions of dollars from tourism and snowbirds.

In 2020 there was a significant decrease from 1 million snowbirds to 200,000. Now that U.S. borders will open up to Canada in November, Arizona is hoping to see that rise again.

“We’re hoping and praying that they come back but it's not a given. So we keep telling everyone in Arizona I hope you’re marketing to the Canadian tourists and snowbirds because they have choices," said Glenn Williamson is the CEO and founder of Canada Arizona Business Council.   

Williamson says Arizona became very popular for Canadian businesses during the pandemic and is a growing location for year round tourists.