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.
The 106-room Eddy Hotel, a Tapestry by Hilton property, will open this fall in the Tucson foothills. The boutique property will have a lounge, a bar and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 170-room DoubleTree by Hilton debuted at the Tucson Convention Center last year. The hotel offers a pool, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a mesquite-themed restaurant and two bars.
The 10-room Citizen Hotel, which has a 5,000-square-foot wine bar and tasting room, has opened in downtown Tucson, in a building that once housed the city’s oldest newspaper.
The 165-room Graduate Tucson has opened at the University of Arizona with two bars, a café, a rooftop pool, and 2,700 square feet of event space.
Old Tucson Studios, the city’s iconic movie location and tourist attraction, has a new operator. American Heritage Railways is set to purchase and reopen the venue, which was built during the golden age of the Western films. Among the memorable films shot here were Three Amigos!, Winchester 73 and Tombstone. The historic site, closed since 2020, is slated to reopen in fall 2022.
Guests can stroll through the zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and more at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The venue hosts groups of up to 700.
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
Airport Transit: Tucson International Airport, about nine miles south of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $35
Taxes: Hotel tax, 6%; regional taxes, 6.05%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.05%,
%, plus a $4 per night room fee