Accessible, scenic and overflowing with adventure, Arizona is the ideal travel destination for meetings and events. The Grand Canyon state boasts awe-inspiring mountain ranges framing wide-open spaces, and the latest in tech-forward amenities for groups large and small. All this plus abundant 70-degree weather and more than 325 days of sun year-round. With a walkable downtown and two international airports, getting here — and getting around — is fast and easy.
The right hotel spaces for important connection
In addition to premier meeting venues and unparalleled amenities, Arizona has the largest concentration of luxury four- and five-star resorts in North America.
The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa boasts a whopping 869 guest rooms and 241,106 square feet of event space, with capacity for 4,000 in the largest area. There’s an on-site spa, championship golf, five pools, a lazy river and six dining options.
The AAA Four-Diamond Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, framed by the Santa Catalina Mountains, has 487 guest rooms, golf, a full-service spa, five outdoor pools and a fitness studio. The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, on the Gila River Tribal Community, has 474 guest rooms; a Native American–inspired spa and Forbes Five-Star restaurant; four pools with waterfalls; horseback riding; tennis courts; and walking trails. Both of these resorts offer 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, accommodating groups of any size.
Delight in downtime group experiences
Successful meetings are enhanced with help from a supportive team of local experts. When work is done and it’s time to switch off, put vacation vibes on your group’s schedule with an eye-popping excursion. Our premier hospitality professionals take pride in making your time in Arizona productive and delightful, and will help you design group experiences to increase team unity and togetherness.
• Tour the valley by plane, train or automobile: Private and charter tour services can turn any Arizona destination into an easy day trip for the whole group. Or, if your schedule allows for an out-of-town overnight, get glamping with mobile luxury campsites in some of Arizona’s most popular destinations, like the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Page and Sedona.
• For nature lovers, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson offers groups a chance to see desert wildlife in their natural habitats, while green thumbs can soak in a stroll at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
• You may not know that Arizona also boasts grape-growing regions Sonoita-Elgin, Willcox and Verde Valley. Touring the local wineries is a great way to get outside, sample award-winning varietals and savor stunning vistas.
With so much to see and do, Arizona is a real crowd-pleaser. And yet, outdoor adventure isn’t the only thing we’re famous for: World-class chefs offer innovative dinners to cap off a day of unforgettable team fun. Enjoy an al fresco nosh or settle into a cozy corner table, talking shop while relishing culinary feats and treats.
With options for both meetings and off-the-beaten path adventures, Arizona checks every box for highly memorable gatherings. Learn more at ArizonaMeetings.com.