Royal Tourism with Josh Noble
16 Nov 2023
A significant leg of economic development is tourism, a major contributor to economic growth. When tourists spend money on places to stay, dining, and tourism-related activities, the generated capital is distributed throughout the community to fund wages and infrastructure advancements. Tourism also plays a big part in solidifying identity and culture.
Kingman’s location along Route 66 is the catalyst for the City of Kingman’s identity and culture and is in a great tourism space. Tourism Manager Josh Noble oversees the enhancement of what Kingman already has to offer by working directly with local, national, and international travel and tourism services, helping attract visitors, and managing promotional messaging.
The Worthy Works of Josh Noble
Josh Noble is a native resident of Kingman and an alumnus Sun Devil of Arizona State University. His love for preserving and sharing Kingman’s rich history inspired him to join the Kingman Office of Tourism in 2007. He’s also a bit of a history buff having served on the board of directors for the Historical Society of Mohave County for several years. He is currently on the board of directors for the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. Yes, Noble knows Kingman!
In general, the five roles of a manager are team development and leading, coordinating, administrating, and motivating. Along with his five roles, Noble also:
- Oversees the Kingman Visitor Center which annually welcomes over 100k visitors from all 50 U. S. states and 70 countries.
- Leads efforts of the Kingman Office of Tourism which focuses on tourism development and promotion.
- Acts as the Kingman Film Resources Coordinator.
While every workday is different, Noble’s efforts are energized daily to make a positive difference. He finds joy in it all and has big goals for the future of Kingman under his watch. Currently, he is preparing for and will be hosting the greatest Route 66 Centennial celebration. This 2026 event will be huge for the Mother Road, and Noble is excited!
When asked about his long-term goals with the Kingman Office of Tourism, he said, “It is my long-term goal to continue developing Kingman’s tourism offerings and to work with the private sector to build on Kingman’s tourism assets, so that tourists have more to explore, experience, and enjoy.”
When asked about the tourism changes he’s helped make happen since 2007, he said, “I’ve seen our visitor center grow from a sleepy little information center with restrooms and a museum to a lively and interactive experience boasting an AI exhibit, Route 66 drive-thru photo op, classic monument sign, and profitable high-traffic gift shop. I’ve enjoyed seeing and assisting in tourism business growth from Desert Wonder Tours offering several guided tours throughout Northwest Arizona, to Desert Diamond Distillery offering tours and flight tastings. I’ve been involved in the development of award-winning experiences such as the Historic Kingman Geocaching Project and the Arizona Route 66 Passport. We’ve worked closely with travel-orientated organizations to build on Kingman’s offerings such as Beale Street Theater’s Ghost Walk and Haunted Powerhouse fundraisers, the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation’s establishment of the world’s only E. V. Museum in Kingman, and Kingman Main Streets’ Kingman Tours Project, an interactive, narrated, self-guided tour of significant sites along Route 66 and in historic downtown Kingman.”
Yes, Josh Noble is a worthy resident and advocate for the City of Kingman. He loves what he does and looks forward to working with partners to grow Kingman as an attraction and destination. He often hears how warm and inviting people are at Kingman’s stores, restaurants, and downtown. He believes, “The most important thing we can do as a community is continue being kind and welcoming while providing a positive experience to our guests.”
The Kingman Office of Tourism is a division of Kingman Economic Development. If you’re in the tourism, hospitality, or restaurant industry and want to move or expand your business into Arizona, choose Kingman. With over 30 tourism and recreation places, 130k plus annual visitors, and a 5.1% lower cost of living than the national average, the City of Kingman is the perfect place to set up shop and be part of America’s historic Route 66. Contact Kingman Economic Development to learn more reasons why your business should choose Kingman.