Why Tucson for Your Next Meeting or Event?
The always-warm climate in Arizona's second-largest city is slightly cooler than its northern counterpart, partly because Tucson is about 1,300 feet higher in altitude than Phoenix. One of the southern city's main resorts, the El Conquistador, has been revamping and renewing, getting ready to welcome back more and more meetings as the months roll on.
Last fall, El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort, debuted the multimillion-dollar SpaWell. The adults-only facility features a salt therapy room, a pool deck with mountain views and eight treatment rooms. The property has more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space.
The 149-room Courtyard by Marriott Tucson Airport has completed renovations to its guest rooms, lobby, fire-pit area, fitness facilities and more. The hotel’s event space — an outdoor courtyard and two indoor venues offering a combined 1,298 square feet of space — has also been upgraded.
Get a taste of the town visiting restaurants with Tucson Food Tours, which welcomes private groups of 12 to 100 people.
Barrio Charro is the brainchild of two local James Beard–nominated powerhouses — baker Don Guerra and chef Carlotta Flores. The eatery joined the Tucson food scene this year serving staples like avocado toast and tamales, but what really sets Charro apart is the signature “tortamano” sandwiches. Guerra’s house-baked azteca bread made with heritage Sonoran white wheat holds the various fillings.
Up to 60 passengers can hop on an emission-free electric shuttle for a tour of Tucson’s Sabino Canyon. Learn how it was formed, what kind of plants and wildlife are native to the area, and other historical and cultural facts.
Convention Center: Tucson Convention Center, exhibit space, 148,000 square feet; meeting space, 205,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 24. tucsonconventioncenter.com
Airport Transit: Tucson International Airport, about nine miles south of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $25
Taxes: Hotel tax, 6%; regional taxes, 6.05%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.05%
CVB: Visit Tucson; visittucson.org