Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham explored the state with Cabinet Secretaries in mid July. 

July 18th to July 22nd, Secretary Jen Paul Schroer joined Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham – along with Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego of the Department of Cultural Affairs – on a statewide tour which showcased some of New Mexico’s outdoor adventure and cultural experiences. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Secretary Schroer met with tourism business owners who are reinvesting in their community, entrepreneurs who are creating new and exciting outdoor recreation experiences, and the hospitality professionals who help deliver exceptional guest experience for visitors.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Sec. Schroer also celebrated the grand openings of two new tourism assets in southern New Mexico. On Thursday, July 18, Gov. Lujan Grisham and Sec. Schroer celebrated the Grand Opening of the Courtyard by Marriott in Las Cruces, then the following day the pair were in Ruidoso to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Wibit Water Park at Grindstone Lake.

The outdoor adventure showcase came on the heels of the Tourism Department’s announcement of record-breaking visitation numbers in 2018. Overall, New Mexico saw increases in total trips, marketable trips, overnight trips, and out-of-state overnight trips. Click here for more information about the statewide visitation numbers for 2018.