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Arizona gasoline prices begin to fall

September 28, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Travel

Arizona motorists are paying less at the pump this week. Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.70 a gallon. That’s down by almost 4 cents from last week. Triple-A officials say gasoline prices tend to start dropping in the fall with the trend continuing through… Read More →

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Executive Director Kusy Retires

September 21, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Travel

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport’s Executive Director, Lynn F. Kusy announced his retirement plans at Monday’s Board of Directors meeting. His final day of employment is expected to be March 15, 2013. “I have been honored to be a part of Gateway’s success over the past 20 years,” Kusy said. “And I deeply value the relationships I… Read More →

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Named Manager Of Real Estate And Business Development

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
September 20, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Travel

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has named Michael Merk as its new Manager of Real Estate and Business Development — responsible for airport property management, terminal advertising and concessions, leasing, and real estate development. “The expansion of our Business Development team further strengthens our ability to promote available assets and expand the economic impact of the Airport,”… Read More →

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain ranked No. 2 Spa Resort in the U.S.

September 19, 2012 by in Business News | Featured | Travel

The Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. has been recognized by the well-traveled readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.  Rated the number two spa resort in the U.S. by the prestigious luxury travel publication’s 2012 Readers’ Survey, the nod is a welcomed honor from some of the world’s most experienced travel… Read More →

Greater Phoenix CVB Wins 2012 Gold Service Award

September 18, 2012 by in Business News | Travel

Readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine have bestowed the prestigious Gold Service Award on the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau for the 22nd consecutive year. Meetings & Conventions magazine is a leading publication among meeting professionals, and 50,000-plus subscribers each plan a minimum of three off-site meetings, conventions and/or trade shows per year. The… Read More →

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Announces Its New Warden Aquarium

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September 17, 2012 by in Business News | Events | Travel

Any interpretation of the Sonoran Desert region would be incomplete without recognizing the importance of the fresh water rivers that flow through it and the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will unveil its dramatic, new permanent aquarium dedicated to revealing the remarkable story of this miraculous region in December… Read More →

Tribe Scores Legals Win In Bid To Build Casino In Glendale

September 11, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Travel

An Arizona tribe with plans to build a casino and resort on property it purchased near Glendale scored a key victory Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. Department of Interior rightfully awarded reservation status to a section of the land. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a split decision… Read More →

American, US Airways move one step closer to merger


American Airlines and US Airways are one step closer to a potential merger. The companies said Friday they have started confidential merger talks. But a deal is still far from reality. “It does not mean we are merging — it simply means we have agreed to work together to discuss and analyze a potential merger,”… Read More →

What an American-US Airways merger means to you

AMR-US Airways

While American Airlines and US Airways have started merger discussions, it would be several months — if not years — before passengers see any real impact. Passengers with existing tickets on American or US Airways — and members of both frequent flier programs — shouldn’t fret. No changes will come anytime soon. Assuming quick merger… Read More →

Scottsdale Public Art director retires

August 31, 2012 by in Business News | Travel

Scottsdale Public Art Director Valerie Vadala Homer has announced her retirement after almost 25 years on the job. The institution brought the city freeway art, the famous Love sculpture and the $3.2 million Paolo Soleri Bridge. Homer announced her retirement Friday. The Arizona Republic says Dick Hayslip will serve as interim director during a search… Read More →

Businesses in Meeting Industry Exceed Goals


Business is booming in the meetings industry!  The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AZMPI) announced it exceed its goal of $5 million of business within its membership. The My MPI ROI, an internationally recognized award-winning system, created for AZMPI is where members record the business they do with each other.  For the 2011-2012… Read More →

Allegiant launching Mesa-Honolulu service

August 21, 2012 by in Business News | Travel

Allegiant has announced new, nonstop jet service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) beginning February 8, 2013. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $199.00 one way. “We are pleased to bring another affordable and convenient travel option to Phoenix-Mesa,” said Andrew… Read More →

Chef Matney will cook at luxury lodge

Spring Group on Horseback
August 20, 2012 by in Business News | Dining | Events | Travel

One of the biggest culinary personalities in the Valley heads north for the last weekend in August to share his colorful and innovative cuisine.  Chef Eddie Matney, owner of “Eddie’s House” will work side-by-side with Hidden Meadow Ranch’s own Chef Kurt Jacobsen. Guests dining at the Ranch House Restaurant at Hidden Meadow Ranch, Arizona’s high-country… Read More →

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns Best of the West honor

August 17, 2012 by in Business News | Travel

Readers of Meetings Focus West magazine have chosen Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa as a 2012 “Best of the West” property in the Western United States, Western Canada and Mexico.  The “Best of the West” award is based on the resort’s quality of meeting space, guest rooms, staff, service, food and beverage, the availability… Read More →