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What Tucson needs is a good tourist video (video)

[tnivideo caption=”Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, 2nd Attempt” credit=”bishopvids”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM[/tnivideo]

During the last City Council election, there was a big brouhaha over a Tucson tourism video that cost $800,000 but was not finished. (And as far as I know has never been finished. Seriously, folks, if you’re gonna drop almost $1 million on a project– finish it. You wouldn’t have the money to distribute it or buy television time, but at least you could get a PR intern to upload it to YouTube and facebook.)

Anyway, for the next Tucson tourist video, I suggest we hire this guy for the price of a plane ticket to Tucson + a room at Hotel Congress for two-three days in January. Seriously, anyone from Cleveland would jump at the chance to get out of there in January.

This video has over 3 million hits on YouTube; now that’s viral marketing. This is his second Cleveland video. In his YouTube comments, he said that the Cleveland tourism office didn’t like his first one, which also garnered over 3 million hits.

Actually, for the Tucson video, he could reuse a few lines from these Cleveland videos…

“Come see our 2 buildings.”

“Buy a house for the price of a VCR.”

And instead of saying, “Our economy is built on LeBron James”, we could use, “Our economy is built on Kokopelli.”

6 comments on “What Tucson needs is a good tourist video (video)

  1. Hugh Holub
    January 20, 2011

    Maybe we could form a team…..I did a web page aout Tucson a few years ago with the following on it….
    Tucson experiences temperatures as high as 117 degrees in the summer, has an average annual rainfall of less than 12 inches, and the area around Tucson is home to more kinds of poisonous snakes, insects and lizards than anywhere in the world. Residents in the desert areas surrounding the city routinely use blacklights to search their rooms for poisonous scorpions clinging to the ceiling, before going to bed. This information is provided in case you might be thinking of moving to Tucson.

    …and for years if you Googled “tucson” you’d get “…where residents use blacklights to search their rooms for poisonous scorpions…”


    • Pamela Powers
      January 20, 2011

      You forgot to add that being a “right to work state” gives you the “right to work for minimum wage.”

      My daughter and I are toying with the video idea. 🙂


      • Pamela
        January 20, 2011

        Also, in Tucson, you don’t have to worry about high vet bills for old cats or small dogs because the coyotes will eat them.


  2. Hoosier Woman
    January 20, 2011

    Why are you complaining? You think you have it bad? We have had nothing but snow, ice, slush, and slick roads ALL DAY! It gets down to 9 degrees at night and only 21 during the day! When your driving down the highway there is a very good chance you WILL hit a deer and your car will be very damaged. While we dont have coyotes, we do have opossum that are horrible creatures that attack my poor cat. We also have spiders and mosquitoes in the summer.  And our heat is humid, your clothes stick to you like glue and even taking a cool shower doesnt help! My husband has been working in the same factory for over 10 years and STILL only makes $7.85 an hour! Our gas is always at least .20 to .30 cents higher per gallon than yours! Honestly people, you have it great there, except for the illegal immigrants! Quit complaining about Tucson, the grass is NOT always greener….well maybe it is here during the spring! But that is the ONLY good thing that we have!


    • Pamela
      January 20, 2011

      Except when it comes to our wacky governor and state legislature– I’m not complaining. The post is supposed to be humorous. If I did a “hastily made tourist video” for Tucson is would be funny (hopefully) but not as snide as the Cleveland one.


      • Hoosier Woman
        January 23, 2011

        Thanks to your “wacky governor, I want to move back to Tucson. I left and moved to Indiana to get away from the huge amount of illegal immigrants there, and the reverse discrimination I experienced because I’m white. If Brewer and the state legislature cleans up Arizona you will find more tourism, snow birds, and people wanting to actually live there, and the economy will actually be better there. Not so wacky when you hear so many people here in the midwest saying, “I would love to go visit Arizona…..if it wasnt for all those illegal immigrants!”


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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