Downtown Phoenix is also expanding its
“We are seeing an influx of boutique
hotels to add to downtown,” Jessie said.
The Camby Hotel opened in December
and is Arizona’s first from Autograph Collection Hotels. The property features 277
guest rooms, a rooftop pool and more than
20,000 square feet of meeting space.
There is also the new Hilton Garden Inn
Phoenix Downtown, with 170 rooms and
an upcoming combination Marriott property—a Courtyard and Residence Inn—
which will offer 320 rooms by the second
quarter of 2017. The Found: Re will offer 80
rooms when it debuts next year.
The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria
Resort, recently upgraded its lobby and
guest rooms and expanded its outdoor
One of the most popular group venues in
Phoenix is the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a 30-acre urban medical and biosci-ence campus, which continues to expand.
Arizona’s resort and golf mecca of Scottsdale is also an arts and nightlife hub,
among its many allures. Scottsdale is
home to more than 125 art galleries and
studios, many focusing on Western and
Native American themed art in addition
to contemporary arts, and also offers the
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of
the West opened in Old Town Scottsdale
last year and features exhibits from 19
states of the American West and an outdoor garden area for groups.
There are also three local wineries with
tasting rooms in Old Town: Aridus Wine
Company, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
and Su Vino Winery. Groups can partake
in tasting and bottling activities, according
Alleson Dunaway, destination services
manager for the Scottsdale CVB.
Another venue for groups set for a fall
debut is the OdySea Aquarium, which will
be the largest aquarium in the Southwest,
spanning 200,000 square feet. Its list of
critters will range from sharks to penguins.
There will be behind-the-scenes tours
as well as space for group events in both
indoor and outdoor venues.
Scottsdale’s resort options are also
expanding, according to Kelli Blubaum,
vice president of convention sales and
services for the Scottsdale CVB. Mountain
Shadows Resort is opening in April 2017 in
Paradise Valley with 183 guest rooms. It will
feature a golf course, 12,500 square feet of
indoor event space and 25,000 square feet
of outdoor space, including a 5,000-square-
foot roof deck with views of Camelback
Mountain. Meanwhile, Andaz Scottsdale
Resort & Spa is opening this fall with 201
rooms and 20,000 square feet of indoor/
outdoor function space.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has been
undergoing an expansion and offers 102
additional guest rooms for a total of 750
rooms. It also added Sunset Beach, the
largest of its six pools with 9,000 square feet
of white sand. The property also introduced
a new Grand Lawn, a 35,000-square-foot
The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection
Resort is renovating its guest rooms with a
September completion date. The Embassy
Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort, formerly
a Chapparal Suites, recently completed a
$25 million renovation, including 312 upgraded guest suites and 60,000 square feet
of flexible meeting space, which includes
an 11,200-square-foot conference center.
A transformation at the Sanctuary
Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is
complete, offering the new 3,500-square-
foot Spa House, which offers groups of up
to 16 a unique spa escape.
The Boulders Resort & Spa, previously a
Waldorf property, is now part of the Curio
Collection by Hilton, and recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. It
added the 5,500-square-foot Latilla Ballroom and renovated 160 casitas. Corporate
wellness programs include a memory enhancement class and an Aroma Blend Bar
where attendees create their own aromas
during breakout sessions.
Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national
forest land, Sedona is known for its outdoor
recreation and scenic beauty, according
to Jennifer Wesselhoff, president and CEO
of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce &
“Resorts work closely with hiking and
guided tour companies,” she said. “They
can organize guided meditations. Many of
our groups also head out on after-dinner
Wesselhoff noted that L’Auberge de
Sedona offers forest bathing, a new trend
where participants immerse themselves in
a natural experience such as a meditative
walk through a forest.
The region also has a burgeoning wine
district, according to Wesselhoff, with more
than a dozen wineries and tasting rooms in
the Verde Valley.
“There is a lot of opportunity for attendees with wine tasting and wine tours,
incorporating local wine to off-site dinner
events,” she said.
Sedona Arts Center offers another option
for groups with its on-site pottery classes.
Groups can also bring in teachers from
the arts center into a meeting and set up a
plein air class, for example.
New this year, shopping district Tequa
was rebranded The Collective Sedona, with
new breweries and a new 5,500-square-foot
indoor venue with a large open patio and access to an 8,000-square-foot grass courtyard.
New hotels include a Courtyard by Marriott slated for September with small meeting space and more than 120 rooms. m
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