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Shopping a popular activity for Scottsdale tourists

(Photo credit: Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau)

When tourists visit the city of Scottsdale, there’s a good chance they’re going shopping.

According to a study from the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, 86 percent of the city’s visitors stop by its specialty shops, boutiques and larger shopping plazas when they’re in town. The only activities that rank higher are dining and visiting downtown Scottsdale. Stephanie Pressler, community affairs manager for the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, said it’s easy for tourists to shop with so many stores in close proximity to one another.

“Whether you’re walking or taking the trolley throughout the downtown and Old Town areas, you can just pop into so many stores, just in a span of minutes,” Pressler said.

She added that international visitors also love Scottsdale’s shopping scene.

“We have stores and, sometimes prices, that they can’t find in their respective countries,” Pressler said.

Pressler explained that many of Scottsdale’s resorts are conveniently located near prime shopping destinations. Shopping isn’t the only thing Scottsdale visitors are doing, though. The study showed that 47 percent of tourists participate in outdoor desert activities, with 44 percent taking in western culture and attractions.

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