Winner: Phoenix Convention Center
|The Phoenix Convention Center boasts 1 million square feet of rentable meeting rooms, exhibition halls and pre-function foyer space, positioning Phoenix among the nation’s top 25 largest convention centers. On the secluded second level of the West Building is an Executive Conference Center, perfect for upscale meetings catering to smaller corporate groups. The state’s large ballroom, with 45,600 square feet, is adorned with kites “floating” in the North Ballroom ceiling, reminiscent of the desert night sky. The culinary reputation of the convention center is the talk of the Valley, with the custom menus created by Executive Chef Jesus Cibrian, inspired by his international experience and use of locally grown produce.|
|Year Est: 1972
Meeting SQ.FT.: 1M total rentable sq.ft.
Principal(s): John Chan
|100 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Finalist: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
|The sun rises and sets the Santa Catalina Mountains aglow. A breathtaking sunset burns orange over stunning city views just before the stars emerge to twinkle in the night. No matter how you spend your day, at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort you’ll find yourself in awe of the living desert that surrounds you. Start your day with a Sonoran Desert Ultimate Rehydration body treatment in Loews Ventana’s world-class spa, or check out a round of golf on one of two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses. Relax by the pool or explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert on a half-mile Window Walk Nature Trail. For dinner, watch the sun set from the patio of the Flying V Bar & Grill and gaze out at the city lights.|
|Year Est: 1984
General Manager: Brian Johnson
|7000 N. Resort Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85750
Finalist: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
|The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North combines scenic beauty, authentic design, a multitude of recreational amenities and superb service to create an intimate desert experience unmatched in the Southwest. Located adjacent to the renowned Weiskopf-designed courses of Troon North, and set on 40 acres of vibrant desert blooms, the resort features 210 luxurious guestrooms, including 22 suites, most of which are appointed with telescopes for stargazing, private plunge pools, kiva fireplaces and outdoor garden showers. Guests can experience a full-service spa and fitness center, golf, tennis, distinctive cuisine in the resort’s three restaurants, hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing.|
|Year Est: 1999
General Manager: Vince Parrotta
|10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262