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McCormick Scottsdale Reopens After Summer Renovations

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As part of multi-million dollar investments by Millennium Hotels and Resorts across many of its 14 North American properties, the brand announces the reopening of The McCormick Scottsdale, formerly Millennium Resort and Villas Scottsdale, following a six-month renovation. These upgrades come on the heels of renovations to Millennium Harvest House Boulder completed in the spring… Read More →

Vee Quiva Pays Largest Pai Gow Jackpot in Arizona History

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Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, Lone Butte Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino have linked the Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ jackpot at each property to create the largest progressive table games jackpot in Arizona. The progressive wager gives players an opportunity to win all or part of a large, incrementing jackpot and it… Read More →

Event planners create altruistic team-building projects

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Falling back into your boss’ arms to build trust is about as fresh as the “chicken dance.” “We are moving into an era where people need to give trust by being 100 percent engaged with their co-workers,” said Todd Davis, founder of Fun Coach USA. “Statistics say only 30 percent of 100 million workers are… Read More →

Expert expects mega events to boost meetings industry

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When Cristin Barr, CMP, went to college, she was more interested in investor relations than guest relations. “At The University of Texas I studied Investor Relations, which took me to New York City for my first professional job,” said the current president of the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI). “For the past… Read More →

Talking Stick adds new director of slots

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Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona, enterprises of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), announced the addition of Trenni Martinez as the new director of slots. Martinez, a native of Kansas, brings with him more than two decades of casino gaming experience. “The position requires someone who is well-versed in operations management and has… Read More →

San Diego offers free fun for families in October

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Is there any better fun than free fun? During the entire month of October, more than 110 San Diego hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums and transportation companies offer families with children special deals, so they can enjoy San Diego without emptying their wallets. “Kids Free San Diego” provides families an opportunity to save during budget-conscious times… Read More →

We-Ko-Pa Managing Fort McDowell Adventures

In gearing up for the official rebranding of the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort as the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center next Wednesday, October 1, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has moved their Fort McDowell Adventures operations management under the Resort. This decision was made to provide hotel guests, area visitors and local residents with an… Read More →

Swadish named Biltmore’s PR and marketing manager

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The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has appointed Samantha Swadish to the position of public relations and marketing manager, announced General Manager Sheila Foley. “With her years of experience at a sister Waldorf Astoria resort, she brings the in-depth, insider knowledge and experience to step right in and begin successfully guiding our extensive marketing,… Read More →

Sky Harbor launches enhanced free Wi-Fi

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Boingo Wireless, the leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport announced the launch of the airport’s upgraded Wi-Fi network, offering enhanced Wi-Fi services for travelers. Phoenix Sky Harbor visitors can enjoy complimentary, ad-supported Wi-Fi access throughout the airport, with improved coverage and capacity courtesy… Read More →

ICE expands its portfolio in Mexico

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International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE), one of the world’s top providers of travel and lifestyle-focused membership, rewards and loyalty programs, today announced that it is increasing its portfolio of travel and lifestyle products in Mexico, a move that underscores the company’s strategic commitment to supporting and developing this important market. “Recent data shows that… Read More →

MacMillan named AZ Cardinals’ celebrity chef

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Taste of the NFL, a 501c3 organization, announced the launch the national Kick Hunger Challenge®, an annual fundraising campaign that pits fans from all 32 NFL markets against each other for a friendly competition to raise money for food banks nationwide. The season-long fundraiser kicks off as part of September’s Hunger Action Month and culminates… Read More →

Passenger Numbers Increase at Sky Harbor

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Passenger traffic numbers at Phoenix Sky Harbor have increased yet again for the eighth month in a row. July numbers were 5.7% higher than last July. Year to date, numbers are up by 4% over 2013. In fact, passenger numbers have been rising every single month this year spanning from 3.0% to 5.7% increases. “We… Read More →

New hotel brand launching in Tempe

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AJ Capital Partners announced the launch of Graduate Hotels, with the opening of Graduate Tempe. The new hotel collection will target college markets across America that celebrate each respective town’s local culture and history. Located directly across from Arizona State University, the 141-room boutique hotel will offer an intellectual return to the glory days of… Read More →

Big-money Grand Canyon contracts up for bid

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A lucrative contract to operate some of the most iconic lodging and food locations at the Grand Canyon has been reopened for bidding in a process that will bring changes affecting the millions of people who visit the landmark each year. The contract first went out for bid a year ago. But Grand Canyon Superintendent… Read More →