Destination: Arizona Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
4343 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite #170, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251
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In Scottsdale, we know that climate, room availability, golf, recreational opportunities and the infrastructure to create a unique experience are the foundation for successful meetings.
By Nikki Gloudeman
March 05, 2013
The typical Meeting agenda is densely packed with offsites, education sessions, breakouts, keynotes, receptions and group dinners, a schedule frequently consuming more than 10, or even 12, hours a day. Often lost in this dizzying shuffle is time for rejuvenation and invigoration; there’s seldom time to breathe between sessions, let alone relax.
By Steve Winston
October 24, 2012
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Try a desert jewel. Tucson, Ariz., sits in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by five mountain ranges that turn from deep earth tones to yellow, orange, pink and then flaming-red as the sun sets. The Sonoran has an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. The landscape is awash in a multitude of colors and textures that enliven the senses. It's filled with geological features including Sabino Canyon and 9,157-foot Mount Lemmon. Yet, this desert city is surprisingly cosmopolitan, with a dynamic cultural life, first-rate dining, two world-class destination spas (Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa and Canyon Ranch) and a major university. These aspects blend seamlessly with a tri-ethnic heritage and an Old West legacy.
By Jessie Fetterling
September 25, 2012
Refreshing. Rejuvenating. Relaxing. All of these things come to mind when describing a trip to the pool. While unfortunately it may be difficult to plan a meeting in a pool—though watching a presentation from a flotation device does sound enticing—planners can easily set an event poolside in the Greater Phoenix Area, using its cactus-speckled setting as the backdrop. With an average annual temperature of 73 degrees, the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa have a slew of inviting pools to try out year-round, and they’re not just for kids.
By Joan Christensen
February 27, 2012
People flock to Arizona for the sunshine, a lifestyle that includes plenty of outdoor recreation year-round, and cultural attractions that run the gamut from Native American historic sites to the famous annual rite of spring training and pre-season games for Major League Baseball teams.
By Jessie Fetterling
September 29, 2011
The colorful hues and exotic plants of the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix and Scottsdale have long inspired the impulse to design.
By Talia Salem
February 28, 2011
Arizona has long held an allure for newcomers. The state promises warm weather, vast unexplored terrain, stunning scenery and a better life.
Learn about Arizona for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Arizona has long held an allure for newcomers. The state promises warm weather, vast unexplored terrain, stunning scenery and a desert life.
Just take Jamie O’Neil’s country song “There is No Arizona,” which opens with “He promised her a new and better life, out in Arizona. Underneath the blue never-ending sky…” O’Neil goes on to sing about painted deserts, Sedona and the Grand Canyon, all of which she hoped to discover.
She isn’t the only one who feels that way. According to the 2010 census, Arizona’s population has increased by 24.6% in the last decade, the second-largest increase in the nation after Nevada.
And Arizona doesn’t just attract residents, but meetings too. Not only will the state boost attendance and excitement surrounding a program, but its colorful deserts and endless blue sky will inspire your attendees and breathe new life into your event.
Outside of the scenery, weather and extra meeting offerings, the state is also known for its world-class resorts and top-rate meeting venues. These range from modern convention centers to resorts set against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain.
Plus, if you are looking for great value, Arizona should be at the top of your list. For even better rates, summer is the time to come. Contrary to what George Strait cheekily croons in his song “Oceanfront Property”—“I got some oceanfront property in Arizona. From my front porch you can see the sea”—you won’t find ocean views here, but you will find a productive meeting underneath the blue never-ending sky.