Thrive in Tucson!

Join us at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa! This oasis is no mirage, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel in the middle of the Sonoran Desert that was voted a Top Resort by Condé Nast Traveler readers. With staggering views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, feel the sense of adventure with a stroll through Sabino Canyon or learn about local wildlife at one of the area’s many museums. This resort balances activity with leisure, offering dynamic workspaces and five outdoor pools with cabanas, chaise lounge chairs, and shimmering waterfalls. Reserve a tee time at our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and a wellness massage at the world-class La Paloma Spa & Salon.

 

Collaborate in 92,355 square feet of event space and refuel at AZuL Restaurant, serving Latin-inspired fare. After a long day, rest in your Westin Heavenly® Bed and recharge with the in-room coffeemaker. Take in the sunny Tucson sunshine from a private balcony or patio and find yourself right where you’re supposed to be. At Westin, exceptional service is our standard.

 

COUNTDOWN

HOTEL GALLERY

PROGRAM

Sunday, September 24, 2023 - All Times Mountain Standard Time

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm White Glove Welcome: Guest Registration & Check-In
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Welcome Reception: Meet & Greet
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Step up your Smarts - Keynote Speaker
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Explore the Floor: Property Tour
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Kick off Celebration: Reception & Dinner

Monday, September 25, 2023 - All Times Mountain Standard Time

6:30 am - 7:15 am Seize the Day: Wake Up Activity
7:30 am - 8:30 am Ms. B’s Breakfast Social: Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 10:00 am Instant Start to Smart - Keynote Speaker
10:15 am - 11:30 am Meet Your Matches
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Refresh & Rejuvenate: Morning Break
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Meet Your Matches … Continued
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Luncheon
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Build & Bond Brilliantly: Team Activity
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm #MeTime
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Ms. B’s Bright Bash

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - All Times Mountain Standard Time

7:30 am - 8:30 am Ms. B’s Breakfast Social: Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 9:45 am Instant Start To Smart - Keynote Speaker
10:00 am - 12:30 pm Meet Your Matches
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Seal the Deal Feast: Luncheon
1:45 pm #MeTime

TESTIMONIALS

I enjoyed meeting with the suppliers, as well as planners.  It is always so enlightening at these experiences to be able to discuss the highs and lows of the hospitality industry.

Michelle Rydzewski, Kadant Solutions

 

Spot on speakers, gorgeously planned surprises, and serious business happened at the Eau Palm Beach at the Smart Meetings event! We are grateful for the excellent contacts and wonderful memories we made! Thank you!

Ashley Baptiste, Conferences Connect

 

I thought having hosted an event at my property that I had already saturated the audience that would attend the event, but I was mistaken! I met mostly NEW planners who had heard about the event hosted at my location but now I was able to full immerse myself in the experience with them. I walked away with two RFP’s and 4 hot leads. We will certainly budget to attend another show in the future.

-Tiffany DiPasquale, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Drover

 

Great Event! Kudos to the whole team! Both nights’ events were fabulous. Loved the unique way to use the spa, and will be reaching out to one of our local spas to create something similar and food, music and the whole experience at the market was great.

Julie Stow, Cedar Rapids Tourism

FAQS

Smart Meetings Hosted Buyer Experiences are 100% complimentary for qualified meeting planners. Hotels and Destination Partners, please contact your sales rep at salesteam@smartmeetings.com for your best available rate.

We use a sophisticated software to custom match our planners with premier properties that fit your region, budget and venue preferences. As the event nears, planners and suppliers will have the opportunity to select their appointment preferences to ensure their highest attendee satisfaction.

Yes! Planners are welcome to attend one regional event and one national event each year. Hotels and destinations may attend unlimited events.

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