KEY FEATURES OF ARIZONA
Meetings and tourism is the common denominator and the only base industry common throughout Arizona, providing revenues in all 15 Arizona counties. When compared to other destinations, Arizona understands the need for true professional corporate events, and delivers every time. Pricing is fair and Arizona offers a variety of seasonal pricing structures to fit every budget. Most everyone in the world has a relative or business associate in Arizona somewhere, and that is often very appealing for groups when their guests can extend and visit with family and friends in the area. Guests can return home with a tan! Sunbelt in the winter is very appealing… New facilities and venues are opening constantly, and those that are open are renovating and updating continually. Vendors are willing to negotiate based on volume.
The Arizona deserts boast a climate with nearly 350 days of sunshine per year…excellent for outdoor activities and off-site events. Airline travel is abundant- most carriers offer non-stop flights into Phoenix International Airport. Rarely do we have delays due to snow or fog at the Phoenix airport. With a very large capacity of ground carriers, we have significant fleets of state-of-the-art corporate transportation with organizations that have been operating corporate events for decades. There is a variety of hotel and resort options that will meet every group's needs on some level.
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PHOENIX - THE COUNTRY'S 5th LARGEST CITY
Enjoy the sun-filled days and starlit evenings of Phoenix. You'll find everything from world-class dining to exhilarating adventure, trendy shopping, modern nightlife and enriching culture. The celebrated resorts and spas of Phoenix will relax you and the Sonoran Desert golf courses will challenge you. Dining, shopping, resorts and spas, outdoor adventure, golf, culture and nightlife await you in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix has evolved from a heritage rich in multi-cultural diversity, and has grown to become the nation's fifth-largest city.
No matter what time of year you visit Phoenix, you'll find plenty of things to see and do. With more than 325 days of annual sunshine, you can count on exceptional weather as you experience the rich diversity of our Sonoran Desert playground.
Our near-perfect weather goes hand-in-hand with exciting recreation and adventure activities, which are enjoyed year-round. Experience a wide range of tours and sightseeing excursions, whether by Jeep or hot-air balloon, on horseback, or even by boat. Of course, golf is one of the most popular outdoor activities.
Thanks to several major projects and developments in downtown Phoenix - Copper Square, the area is brimming with energy and excitement. Performing Arts flourish throughout the metro area. And, in terms of sporting events, Phoenix is a sports lover's dream. Passionate shoppers will find an abundance of fabulous malls, unique boutiques and antique shops in which to indulge.
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SCOTTSDALE - MOST LIVABLE CITY
Scottsdale is located in the heart of the lush Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically complex desert in the Americas. It is home to over 2,000 species of plants and amazing animal life.
Scottsdale, named after Major Winfield Scott, was founded on February 26, 1910. The city since then has preserved its Western roots while becoming one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona. The city is now divided into three distinct parts.
Old Town, the older Scottsdale area has Western stores, upscale restaurants and Fifth Avenue's art district. The art district boasts artists from around the world who come to display their art in some of the most popular galleries in the West. This area is also the home of another time-honored tradition, spring training. The Scottsdale Stadium holds thousands of fans each year.
North Scottsdale is a beautiful area that includes the cities of Carefree and Cave Creek, and has some of the most natural landscapes in Arizona. Even the housing developments have tried to preserve what is natural. Here you will climb the McDowell Mountains, taste real rattlesnake, eat great steaks under the mountain stars at our private working ranch and see history in the making at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West.
Keep traveling north and you will find el Pedregal Festival Marketplace. Here, specialty shops line a pueblo style mall that is completely outdoors and free of the airs of the city. This elegant shopping experience is a celebration of aromas and visual delights. Carefree offers the distinctive Boulders Resort & Spa, one of the world's top destination resorts. Then head over for western fun in the city of Cave Creek. Here you can see the best of both worlds. Crazy Ed's Satisfied Frog is a must visit for anyone from the East.
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SEDONA - RED ROCK COUNTRY
Sedona is a one of a kind conference destination. Red rocks surround you in this magnificent and picturesque canyon about 2 hours north of Phoenix. There's a timelessness about these ancient rocks that fires the imagination of all who encounter them. Some 11,000 years ago, American Indians settled the area. Homesteaders, artists and, most recently, New Age spiritualists have followed.
There is really only one attraction: the sheer, exuberant beauty of the place. People come for inspiration and renewal, tawny cliffs rising from the buff desert floor, wind singing through box canyons, and sunsets that seem to cause the ancient buttes and spires to glow from within. Touted as one of the world's few vortices, Sedona is the place to go to relax and absorb the healing powers of this vortex. Sedona has grown from a small Post Office to a very exclusive resort community in more than 100 years.
It is hardly a surprise that the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon is Arizona's first officially designated scenic highway. This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Bell. Despite this land's myriad geological features, many tourists relate Sedona's exceptional charm to the fact that visitors conveniently can spend a day hiking, horseback riding, or bouncing in a Jeep on dirt trails that crisscross this area or an awe-inspiring hot air balloon ride through the red rocks. This is the paradox and enchantment of Sedona: luxurious world-class resorts, spas and golf courses, delightfully eclectic shops, impressive art galleries and fine restaurants nestled in an unusually rugged canyon surrounded by an expansive national forest.
Some of the special attractions are the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona Heritage Museum, Red Rock Crossing and the close by cities of Jerome and the Grand Canyon.
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TUCSON - OLD PUEBLO
Tucson (pronounced TOO-sahn) is Arizona's second-largest city, located a two hour drive south of Phoenix and only an hour north of Mexico. It is the heart of the Sonoran Desert, nestled within five spectacular purple-hued mountain ranges and is the only place in the world where the giant saguaro cactus grows naturally. The days are warm and sunny with mild temperatures during spring, fall and winter. Boasting of over 350 days each year, Tucson enjoys more sunshine than any other city in the United States. It is located in the midst of a 10,000 year-old Native American settlement, and is distinguished as the longest continuously inhabited region in the Northern hemisphere. Tucson was formally founded in 1775 and is still called "the Old Pueblo" for its adobe fortress or presidio. This is where the Earp's and the Clanton's faced off at the O.K. Corral, and where the US Calvary battled Geronimo and Cochise. Tucson has grown from a Spanish outpost, to a frontier town, to a bustling territorial railroad hub, to the exciting city it is today. Tucson is very different from Phoenix or Scottsdale. It has a personality all its own.
Nestled among rolling foothills are some of the world's most luxurious resort and spa. The guest ranches are a tradition that combines the adventurous lifestyle of the old West with the comforts of a first class hotel Tucson is irresistible to outdoor lovers. There are miles of hiking and cycling trails that are well maintained. Thrill seekers can view the wide open spaces by air in a hot-air balloon or by land in a custom jeep tour. There is a plethora of golf courses designed by top architects that offer high-quality play with some of the most spectacular scenery ever viewed for a fairway.
This valley is home to a variety sites: Kartchner Caverns, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Pima Air and Space Museum, Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and Biosphere. These various venues open their doors to corporate and incentive groups for exclusive off-property events.
This is the perfect place for your meeting, event or incentive. You will fall in love with its Southwestern hospitality, rich cultural traditions and some of the most majestic mountain scenery you have ever seen. The city is culturally rich with unlimited resources, and an abundance of history, legends and lore.
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GRAND CANYON - ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Arizona's number one attraction is the Grand Canyon, just two hours from Sedona. The breath taking beauty of this canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It can be experienced in a variety of ways: panoramic flights over the canyon by fixed-wing aircrafts or helicopter, hiking along the Rim trails or into the depths of the Canyon and extending to the North Rim, exciting white water rafting trips, guided motor coach tours and leisurely mule trips to the bottom of the Canyons.
The Canyon was formed from ancient deposits of limestone, mudstone and sandstone when this area was the west coast of a still-emerging continent. This awesome rim, which constitutes the southwestern boundary of the vast Colorado Plateau, is home to the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pine in the world and imagine, the enormous plateau extends into parts of five other states.
The South Rim: The majority of visitors approach the canyon from the south and stop in Tusayan. The main attraction here is the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater, which is highly recommended. The theater features one of the best films in the nature genre, drawing you right into the chasm and taking you on a vertiginous flight between the canyon's walls.
The South Rim is open 24 hours, 365 days a year. In Grand Canyon Village at the Park Headquarters and Visitor Center, there is an abundance of books, films and slides will help you to get better acquainted with the park. Next see the historic El Tovar Hotel. From the village, you have the choice of exploring the canyon using either the West Rim or the East Rim Drive.
The East Rim: This 26-mile drive skirts most of the canyon's south rim, offering several overlooks to get a better view. Among the best viewing areas en route are Yaki Point, thrusting out beyond the rim for a good look at canyon formations, and Grandview Point with its panoramic wide-angle views. A visit to the Tusayan Ruins and Museum provides fascinating information about the ancient Native American cultures in the area. The drive ends at the Watchtower at Desert View with views of the Painted Desert to the east and the Colorado River deep down inside the gorge.
The West Rim Drive: This drive stays a little closer to the edge than its eastern counterpart and offers a greater variety of canyon views. A free shuttle service from Grand Canyon Village takes over transportation, meaning you can always hop on the bus if you get tired after choosing to hike the eight-mile Rim Trail.
The North Rim: The best time for visiting the North Rim is in the fall season, when the Kaibab National Forest turns into a dazzling showcase of yellow leaves trembling on aspen trees. Visitor facilities on the northern edge are all clustered in the relatively small area around Grand Canyon Lodge, a rustically elegant castle-style hotel with terrific views from its terraces and dining rooms. It's the North Rim's visitor center, booking center for famous mule rides. A quarter-mile paved trail leads from the Grand Canyon Lodge to Bright Angel Point, famous as the best spot for seeing sunsets and sunrises over the canyon.
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