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Uber wants UberX allowed at Sky Harbor Airport


Ridesharing company Uber is petitioning Sky Harbor Airport to allow their UberX service at the airport. Currently, only Uber’s commercial vehicles can operate at the airport, because the drivers have complied with Sky Harbor’s requirements for transportation vehicles. Uber is hoping to show Sky Harbor that there is a demand for the UberX service at… Read More →

15 Things You Must Drink in Phoenix

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When it comes to drinking the night away, there are a few cocktails that reign supreme. Today, the editorial staff of AZ Big Media would like to present the 15 essential drinks that every connoisseur of Arizona nightlife — or day drinking — has to try before they die. We’re not including any PBRs or… Read More →

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon remains open for Winter

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Now you can “Find Your Park” all winter long at Bryce Canyon National Park. For the first time in its history, Forever Resorts’ The Lodge at Bryce Canyon—the only overnight accommodation inside Bryce Canyon National Park—will remain open throughout the winter months, offering rooms at its Sunset Hotel from Nov. 8, 2015, through March 24,… Read More →

89Agave restaurant now open in Uptown Sedona

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IMH Financial Corporation, the ownership group behind L’Auberge de Sedona and the Orchards Inn, has announced the opening of 89Agave along Highway 89A in Uptown Sedona, bringing delicious Sonoran Mexican cuisine and specialty 100% blue agave Tequila cocktails to locals and visitors alike. The new 89Agave occupies the space previously known as Taos Cantina, also… Read More →

Roosevelt Row named ‘Great Place in America’ by APA

Roosvelt Row

The American Planning Association (APA) announced the country’s 15 Great Places for 2015 through the organization’s national program, Great Places in America. Launched in 2007, Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces — three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning… 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 →

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 →

LUSTRE hosts Labor Day weekend pool party


This Labor Day weekend, LUSTRE Bar at Hotel Palomar Phoenix in the heart of downtown Phoenix will be hosting a Labor Day Weekend Pool Party. Partygoers are invited over the last holiday weekend of the summer on the third floor pool deck of LUSTRE Bar to celebrate the final installation of the Hotel Palomar Phoenix… 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 →

Phoenix will host Southwest Cannabis Conference


This October 27 and 28, the inaugural Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo kicks off at the Phoenix Convention Center with over 300 floor exhibits, interactive workshops, leading industry guest speakers, a job fair, business-to-business networking and more. The event is expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees from all over the Southwest. “The subject… Read More →

Affluent Arizonans will spend $13K on vacations this year serezniy

BMO Private Bank, a part of BMO Financial Group, released the results of a study today profiling the vacations of high-net-worth Arizonans. The study is part of BMO Private Bank’s Changing Face of Wealth series, examining trends among affluent Americans (those with more than $1 million in investible assets). According to the study, Arizona’s affluent… Read More →

Best Western CEO David Kong launches blog pixelbliss

With more than 40 years of experience in the travel sector and the longest tenure of any major hotel brand CEO, Best Western International President and CEO David Kong has a unique view from atop the hotel landscape. Kong will share his perspective – along with the personal stories that have defined his leadership journey… Read More →

Visit Phoenix grows its convention sales team

Left to right: Tom Michalisko, Rich Cerino

Visit Phoenix has added a trio of directors to bolster its sales and services presence in key convention markets. Heather Trent and Tom Michalisko join Visit Phoenix’s sales team as directors of national accounts. Trent is based in Austin TX and will handle convention business in the Texas and Southern California markets, while Michalisko will… Read More →

Flagstaff banks on Valley residents trying to beat heat

Corner of Aspen Ave. and San Francisco Street in historic downtown Flagstaff, Arizona.

Compared to the Valley’s 100-plus degree days and stifling summer nights, Northern Arizona is an oasis of mild weather and cool temperatures. It’s no surprise that Flagstaff, the hub of the high country, is a popular tourist destination for Phoenicians in the hot summer months. Indeed, 40 percent of Flagstaff’s annual visitors are traveling from… Read More →