Why Arizona for Your Next Meeting or Event?
Southwestern state is prized for its climate, classic resorts and glorious
desert landscapes. It’s also a mecca of wellness, sports, unique cuisine
(Tucson has been named a gastronomic capital by UNESCO), and outdoor settings
and venues, all in high demand by groups today.
Recent Updates for Phoenix
The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has unveiled an $80 million renovation. The property’s 950 guest rooms have been upgraded; all now have private patios or balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, while firepits have been added to the patios of some first-level rooms. The property’s lobby has been redesigned, as well, and a new signature restaurant, Tía Carmen, has been added. In 2023, the resort will update its pool areas and open Pan-Asian restaurant Kembali.
The Phoenix area hosts a number of major sporting events every year, including college football’s Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl; the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and NASCAR events each spring and fall. Next year, the destination will host the biggest U.S. sporting event of all, Super Bowl LVII
. The game takes place Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
The Omni Hotel Tempe at ASU (Arizona State University) will open in spring 2023. The 330-room hotel will feature desert-inspired décor, four dining outlets, a pool deck and 36,000 square feet of meeting space.
Set to open in the Central Business District in 2025, the 225-room Fairmont Phoenix will feature four bars and restaurants, a rooftop pool, a spa, a wellness center and 23,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 266-room Caesars Republic Scottsdale is scheduled to open in February 2024 — with nary a slot machine in sight. The resort’s meeting space will include a 7,000-square-foot ballroom. The property has the distinction of being Caesars’ first nongaming U.S. hotel.
The 215-room Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, is set to open in fall 2023. The 20-acre resort will feature about 20,000 square feet of indoor event space and seven outdoor event lawns.
The 119-room Royal Palms Resort and Spa renovated its meeting spaces, including the Estrella and Palmera Salons, the Cervantes Room and Lounge, and the Vernadero Room. The property, part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, has 20,000 square feet of event space.
The Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, completed upgrades to its two championship golf courses designed by Jay Morrish. The 219-room resort offers 50,000 square feet of meeting space, a 33,000-square-foot spa, five dining outlets and a learning center.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, currently undergoing a major renovation, will join Hilton’s Curio Collection in 2023, at which time the property’s room count will drop to 276.
The stunning Wrigley Mansion, built in 1932 by chewing-gum tycoon William Wrigley Jr., provides gorgeous vistas of Phoenix and its surroundings. The full venue accommodates up to 1,500 people for receptions; smaller group events can be held in any of the mansion’s 15 individual spaces.
The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix offers guests more than 300 hands-on displays, as well as the Dorrance Planetarium. Private events for up to 300 attendees are accommodated.
, a Landscape Hotel, will debut in Sedona in late 2022. The property’s 40 distinctive atrium “cubes” will offer rooftop firepits and panoramic views of the area’s red rocks.
Go Western out at Desert Foothills, which hosts groups of up to 1,500 people at its outdoor cookout area, 10,000-square-foot barn and 2,500-square-foot patio.
The 140-acre Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix showcases more than 50,000 local plants along its five trails. The venue has a number of spaces for conferences and events for groups of up to 110 people.
Scottsdale is home to one of the world’s best hotel bars, according to Forbes: The Thirsty Camel at the Phoenician. The rooftop bar, which was renovated along with the resort in 2019, features modern décor and panoramic views. The menu pairs Sonoran Desert-inspired cocktails with sharing plates and to-die-for desserts.
Airport transit: Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, about 5 miles from downtown Phoenix; transfer by taxi, about $23; transfer by taxi to downtown Scottsdale, about $32
Taxes: Hotel tax, 5.3%; local tax, 3%; state tax, 5.6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.9%
Convention Center: Phoenix Convention Center;
exhibit space, more than 900,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 99
CVB: Visit Phoenix