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Urban Nature: Tucson Goes Beyond the Ballroom

Surrounded by five mountain ranges, this high desert destination continuously celebrates its connection to nature, the outdoors and its Sonoran Desert heritage.

Varied Properties for Your Meeting Needs

For meeting planners, Tucson has long been known as a resort destination, and for good reason, with iconic brands such as The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Omni Tucson National Resort, and Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, to name just a few. What some planners do not know, however, is that Tucson has a robust selection of full-service meeting hotels ready to meet their needs. Tucson properties in this category also boast the flags that planners know and trust, including Sheraton Suites, Marriott University Park, The Hilton Tucson East and many more. When it comes to unique properties and venues, Tucson has what it takes to dazzle attendees. For a true Southwest experience, try one of the area’s working dude ranches. If health and wellness is on the agenda, consider one of Tucson’s top-tier destination spas. 

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Full-service resorts provide exciting and creative venue choices for Tucson events.

New Destination Downtown Meeting Collection

With these existing assets already making for an award-winning meetings destination, Tucson is not resting on its laurels. 2021 will see the launch of a new Destination Downtown meetings package, perfectly fit to complement the aspects of the destination that planners already love. With an expanded and renovated Tucson Convention Center and new downtown hotel construction, including the 175-room DoubleTree at TCC and a 200-room Hampton Inn/Home2 complex to add to the already open AC Hotel by Marriott with 136 rooms, planners no longer have to choose between urban excitement and connection to nature. Tucson has both, with inventory to spare.

Tucson's downtown dining and entertainment districts provide plenty of activity choices for attendees.
Tucson's downtown dining and entertainment districts provide plenty of activity choices for attendees.

City of Gastronomy

As a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Tucson has a rich food history that is found in flavors throughout the city. Local favorites include the El Charro Café — the nation’s oldest family owned and operated Mexican restaurant — and Boca Tacos Y Tequila, whose chef/owner, Maria Mazon, will be appearing on this season of Bravo’s Top Chef. And the delicious eats don’t stop there, our local resorts boast some of the area’s best cuisine. The AAA Four-Diamond Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa’s restaurant, Contigo Latin Kitchen, features Cuban, Spanish and Mexican flavors; while Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch & Resort’s award-winning culinary team serves up colorful dishes from tapas to tacos at their signature restaurant, The Grill, and at the open-air Terraza Garden Patio & Lounge.

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Selected as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Tucson holds a special place in food lovers' hearts.

Options and Offers

As more groups look to meet in-person once again, destination selection will be more important than ever. Enter Tucson, with opportunities for pre- and post-meeting wellness, team building, and outdoor adventure experiences. And with more than 300 days of sunshine, it’s easy to take your meeting beyond the ballroom with patio dining and outdoor receptions. Still not convinced? Ask about our You-Fly-We-Buy and Master Account Incentive offers and see why 8 out of 10 planners book Tucson after a site inspection.

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Pre- and post-meeting wellness activities and outdoor activities are hallmarks of Tucson events.

Call 800-638-8350 and log in to Visit Tucson to reach beyond the ballroom and make your meeting shine.