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Arizona hopes Canadian snowbirds and tourists return this winter

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. 

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Thalia Lopez is an intern at KJZZ and entering her final year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lopez is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in theater.Growing up in Arizona, Lopez has become familiar with the different cultures that spread across the state and has developed a love for connecting with the community.When off the clock, Lopez enjoys advancing her acting skills, finding new ways to improve her health and watching movies with her friends and family.