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Canadian snowbirds are back. What that means for Yuma's economy

It was big news in Arizona last week when the Biden administration reopened the border with Mexico to vaccinated travelers after more than a year and a half of closures. It meant families could reunite, and border businesses on the U.S. side could finally welcome back much-needed customers from Mexico.

But the move to reopen the border didn’t just apply to our southern border.

Our northern border — with Canada — also reopened to tourists for the first time in 22 months last week. And that means thousands of so-called snowbirds are making their annual migration south again — campers in tow. And many of them will come to Yuma.

Marcus Carney is the executive director for Visit Yuma. The Show spoke with him about what the return means for that city’s economy and community.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.