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  • Heart of the West

    By Steve Winston

    September 26, 2014

    The Old West and contemporary America co-exist nicely in Arizona’s neighboring metropolises of Phoenix and Scottsdale. The cities’ mottoes, in fact, say it all: Phoenix is “Arizona’s Urban Heart”; Scottsdale is “The West’s Most Western Town.” But each has doses of both cowboy and culture, and because of that they make for fascinating meeting destinations with plenty of amenities.

  • Put on Your Rally Caps

    By Dan Johnson

    February 26, 2014

    Each year, people from throughout the United States and beyond travel to Arizona to enjoy warm weather and an abundance of attractive options, including world-class hotels, restaurants, golf courses and spas. Come February, much of the state is transformed into a baseball lover’s paradise as 15 of the 30 major league teams set up spring training camps and participate in Cactus League games for several weeks.

  • Hotter Than the Weather

    By Dan Johnson

    September 18, 2013

    Outstanding facilities and accommodations, warm weather, stunning landscapes and rich cultural traditions have lured meeting groups to Phoenix and Scottsdale for decades, but arguably the hottest current attraction is the lively, highly diverse nightlife scene in these cities just 12 miles apart.

  • Meet Well

    By Nikki Gloudeman

    March 05, 2013

    The typical Meeting agenda is densely packed with offsites, education sessions, breakouts, keynotes, receptions and group dinners, a schedule frequently consuming more than 10, or even 12, hours a day. Often lost in this dizzying shuffle is time for rejuvenation and invigoration; there’s seldom time to breathe between sessions, let alone relax.

  • Top 15 Hotels to Meet At—Poolside

    By Jessie Fetterling

    September 25, 2012

    Refreshing. Rejuvenating. Relaxing. All of these things come to mind when describing a trip to the pool. While unfortunately it may be difficult to plan a meeting in a pool—though watching a presentation from a flotation device does sound enticing—planners can easily set an event poolside in the Greater Phoenix Area, using its cactus-speckled setting as the backdrop. With an average annual temperature of 73 degrees, the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa have a slew of inviting pools to try out year-round, and they’re not just for kids.

  • Arizona's 365 Days of Meetings

    By Joan Christensen

    February 27, 2012

    People flock to Arizona for the sunshine, a lifestyle that includes plenty of outdoor recreation year-round, and cultural attractions that run the gamut from Native American historic sites to the famous annual rite of spring training and pre-season games for Major League Baseball teams.

Learn about Phoenix for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations

Destination Description

Smart Stats:

Number of Meetings Hotels: 10        
Total Hotel Rooms: 3,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 14
Local Convention Centers: Phoenix Convention Center
Local Airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Local CVB:

Smart Snapshot:

The Greater Phoenix metropolitan area is known as The Valley of the Sun. This scenic, cactus-studded Sonoran Desert region is anchored by the city of Phoenix. A quintessential dessert location, its red sandy valley promises warm weather year-round, and it’s rife with cultural attractions.

Despite the heat, Phoenix is a wonderful place for hiking. In fact, it has been recognized by National Geographic as one of America’s best hiking cities. Especially memorable are sunset hikes through the mountains.

The Valley of the Sun also has a thriving artistic element. To get a feel for this side of the destination, stroll through downtown and check out local arts and crafts. An artistic attraction on a grander scale is the Phoenix Art Museum, which houses the largest collection of visual arts in the southwest, with works from all over the world.