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Where will you be sitting at the 5th annual Polo Championships?


Grass, bleacher, blanket, picnic table, VIP Tent, sideline parking – there is no shortage of unusual and high-end seating at the 5th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower on Saturday, October 24th. Set up against the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains on the Polo Field at WestWorld of Scottsdale, the field-side seating is… Read More →

Best Western introduces new brand, name and logo

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Phoenix-based Best Western introduced plans for the largest strategic repositioning in the brand’s nearly 70-year-history. This includes a new brand name, advanced property development, dramatically different logos, increased white space between hotel offerings and a new hotel concept. I thought this might be of interest to you from the development standpoint. Best Western’s newest hotel… Read More →

Visit Phoenix spearheads sales blitz in Washington

A delegation from Phoenix was in Washington D.C. last week with a singular mission: To book more conventions into the Phoenix Convention Center and area hotels and resorts. Sales professionals from Visit Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center and nine of the city’s largest hotels and resorts spent three days meeting with national associations and nonprofit groups—hundreds… Read More →

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown announces key staff

Hilton Garden Inn

As the restoration of the historic Professional Building nears completion and the building’s owner, Minneapolis-based CSM Corporation, prepares to reopen the site as the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown, CSM has hired two key staff members to manage hotel operations and sales and marketing efforts. Michelle Davis has been named general manager and Afsaneh Torres… Read More →

How Chompie’s will be celebrating National Dessert Day

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Chompie’s gives its guests fair warning to save room for dessert on Wednesday, October 14. Arizona’s New York-style deli will celebrate National Dessert Day with a special Big Apple Bargain: people can buy one Danish, pastry, or slice of cake and get one of equal value for free. The offer is good for the whole week… Read More →

AzMPI partners with schools to stress education

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Today’s students need to hit the ground running. “One of the fascinating things I share with my classes every semester is how important the bachelor’s degree is to employment,” said Gary Vallen, a professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. “Studies performed by the industry demonstrate the same fact;… Read More →

Wonderland Market comes to Scottsdale December 4-6

Holiday Tree Auction

Wonderland Market, a three day holiday shopping extravaganza, will take place December 4-6, 2015 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The market will have more than 75 vendors to help attendees find the perfect gifts this holiday season. There will be items available to purchase ranging from apparel and jewelry to sweets and toys. In addition to… Read More →

Chromeo at Livewire September 19 postponed

Photo courtesy of Chromeo Facebook

WHAT: Due to illness, the Chromeo show scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at Livewire will be postponed. The new date will be announced shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but all tickets will be valid for the new date. Refunds will be granted at the point of purchase. WHERE: Livewire 7320… Read More →

World-renowned artist carves pumpkin garden in Carefree

Pumpkin Fest

Halloween spirit invades Carefree in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master carver Ray Villafane. The first of its kind in the United States, The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is open to the public and woven throughout the 4 acre Carefree Desert Gardens. The display runs October 16-31, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., 101 Easy… Read More →

Visit Mesa earns Outstanding Website Award


The Web Marketing Association (WMA) awarded Visit Mesa the 2015 WebAward for Outstanding Website in the Travel Category. The WebAwards rank the quality of websites from organizations in 96 different industries. Now in its 17th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best websites, while setting the… Read More →

The Canine Couture returns to Bentley Scottsdale’s Polo Party

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Unlike movies, the sequel will be better than the original. For its second year, The Canine Couture returns to The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, allowing Arizona’s most pampered paws to strut their fashionable stuff in front of thousands of attendees. Presented by the finest luxury pet resorts in Arizona, Applewood Pet Resort and Bark Avenue. The… Read More →

Where to party over Labor Day weekend

Dance Club

Week of September 1 – 7 Jazz Night @ W Scottsdale Every Thursday. Doors at 9 p.m. Ages 21+ event. W Scottsdale will be in full swing this Thursday for a night of vintage jazz and dance performances in the Living Room. Mix and mingle as a four-piece jazz and blues band, comprised of a… Read More →

Ho Tram Open partners with Troon to operate Asian tour event


Asian Coast Development Ltd (ACDL) has turned to the expertise of Troon® to deliver the Ho Tram Open, an Asian Tour-sanctioned professional tournament, and the richest sporting event ever to be held in Vietnam. Troon, an executive member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation [AGIF], will handle all operations and promotions of the Ho Tram… Read More →

50 Things You Must Eat in Phoenix

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Phoenix is a foodie city with a capital “PH” (read: “phoodie”). AZ Big Media’s offices are located in Midtown Phoenix, just a short light rail ride from some of its writers’ favorite downtown and uptown Phoenix restaurants. And, trust us, when we say we take our meal times pretty seriously around these parts. Whether you’re… Read More →