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Expert expects mega events to boost meetings industry

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).

AzMPI President: Cristin Barr

AzMPI President: Cristin Barr

“For the past 10 years, though, I’ve been traveling the world and enjoying the hospitality industry.” Now director of national accounts at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Barr is working with the No. 1 hotel in Arizona, according to Travel + Leisure.

“I work with meeting planners to secure guest rooms and meeting space at the hotel for programs, including incentive trips, client events, annual meetings and board retreats,” Barr said.
Az Business caught up with Barr to talk about how the next year is shaping up to be a big one for the state’s tourism brand.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY?
The sales role in hospitality is a great mix of creative and analytical. On any given day, we have unique challenges that can be best solved with a combination of critical thinking and service-based creativity.

HOW HAS YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN MPI IMPACTED YOU PROFESSIONALLY?
MPI membership and CMP (certified meeting planner) certification give me a sense of personal achievement as well as recognition in the industry. The increased credibility among customers and prospects is invaluable.

WHAT KIND OF ECONOMIC IMPACT DOES THE MEETING AND EVENTS INDUSTRY HAVE ON ARIZONA?
Tourists bring almost $20 billion to Arizona each year, which can be seen in employment and tax base coming from lodging, food service, transport and recreation — just to name a few. But the benefits reach far beyond the hotels and golf courses. The economic impact is evident in important public services as well as in the businesses that open or relocate to our area.

HOW DO MEGA EVENTS LIKE THE 2015 SUPER BOWL IMPACT ARIZONA’S MEETINGS AND EVENTS (M&E) INDUSTRY?
The economic impact of hosting a Super Bowl makes Arizona itself the clear big winner. A mega event places a spotlight much wider than just expenditures during the week of the game. There is no doubt that the M&E industry will benefit from incredible media exposure, generating future event bookings.

WHAT SHOULD ARIZONA’S M&E INDUSTRY DO TO CAPITALIZE ON THE 2015 SUPER BOWL?
We are lucky to have a very strong network of CVBs, offices of tourism and advocates that work year round to attract and assure successful meetings, conventions and events are held in Arizona. The Super Bowl will be a unique and exciting tool for continued messaging that Arizona is a premiere destination.

WHAT CURRENT TRENDS ARE HAVING THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON THE M&E INDUSTRY?
Social media is interesting in that the content is often driven by stakeholders rather than by the planners or the educators. Social media can help attendees engage before and after a meeting and provides opportunity to connect with a very broad audience or a narrow specific slice of the demographic. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive and it will continue to change the face of the industry.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AS AZMPI PRESIDENT?
2013-2014 was a hugely successful year for AzMPI in terms of promoting excellence in the meeting industry through education, certification, advocacy and business alliances. For the 2014-2015 year, we will focus on our key metrics with an emphasis on member satisfaction and financial management. We will also organize six monthly educational programs, the holiday party, awards gala, as well as a golf tournament that we do in conjunction with the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

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AzMPI Announces 2013-14 Board

The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI) recently installed their 2013-2014 slate of Officers for the chapter.

Officers include incoming President Jill Longfellow,  Enterprise Holdings Inc.; President-Elect Cristin Barr, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain; Vice President of Finance Penny Allphin, Hassayampa Inn Prescott; Vice President of Communications Chip Headman, Williams & Associates; Vice President of Membership Julia-Isabel Davenport, Maximize Your Publicity; Vice President of Education Susie Molinich, American Express Meeting & Events, and Immediate Past President Donna Masiulewicz, Timeline Meetings & Events.  The Chapter Directors are: Director of Leadership Development Lynne Wellish, Triage Meetings & Events; Director of Fundraising & Special Events Tiffany Higgins, The Tiffany Event; Director of Strategic Alliances Dave Rosenbaum, Carefree Resort & Conference Center; Director of Monthly Programs Lee Smith, Hotel Valley Ho; Director of Recruitment Dave Borsheim, Hotel Palomar Phoenix; Director of Retention Jacqi Marth, Destination and Details; Director of Information Technology Danielle Adams, KCA; and Director of Public Relations and Marketing James Eggimann, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

“We strive to promote excellence within the meeting industry through education, certification, advocacy and business-to-business networking opportunities for our members,” said incoming 2013-2014 AZMPI President Jill Longfellow.  “Anyone who plans or supports meetings in any capacity, whether an administrative assistant or a caterer, can benefit from what AZMPI offers.”

The 375-member Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International was established in 1979.  Meeting Professionals International is the meeting and event industry’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meetings and events industry.  AZMPI offers monthly events providing education, and networking opportunities.  MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 80 chapters and clubs worldwide.  To learn more about AzMPI visit www.AzMPI.org or call 602-277-1494.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain’s Serenity pool. Photo: Barbara Kraft

Top 5: Southern Arizona Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr.,
Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 299-2020
loewshotels.com
Features 398 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges, eight tennis courts, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, fitness trails, swimming pools and a full-service spa.


The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr.,
Marana, AZ 85658
(520) 572-3000
ritzcarlton.com
Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert against the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton features a destination spa; world-class hiking; Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf; indoor and outdoor dining, including True American Cuisine at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar — all within a striking canyon setting.


Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85750
(800) 742-9000
canyonranch.com
Dozens of fitness activities, spa cuisine, wellness consultations in preventive medicine, nutrition, stress management, spiritual awareness, and body and skin care treatments.


JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.,
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 792-3500
jwmarriottstarrpass.com
Rich with culture, history and beauty, this resort is complete with world-class spa facilities, nationally acclaimed golf courses, fine dining and award-winning restaurants, and perfectly designed convention and meeting spaces.


Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85704
(800) 722-2500
westwardlook.com
Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

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Sanctuary Named Top Resort in the Southwest

The results of Condé Nast Traveler’s 25th annual Readers’ Choice Awards are in, and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has been voted the number one resort in the Southwest. With an overall score of 92.5 reflecting readers’ opinions on rooms, service, food, location, design and activities, Sanctuary shares the region’s top spot with Tucson’s The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. This year, Condé Nast Traveler received a record 46,476 responses, with readers evaluating more than 10,000 resorts, destinations, airlines, and cruise lines worldwide.

“We are honored to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and thrilled for the Sanctuary team,” said Mike Surguine, vice president and general manager of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  “The Phoenix/Scottsdale region has long been a sanctuary for leisure travelers, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the people and businesses that make this one of the world’s best places to visit.”

Condé Nast Traveler’s complete list of top resorts in the Southwest is available at http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-25-resorts-southwest-usa.

Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750
800-742-9000
canyonranch.com
Dozens of fitness activities, spa cuisine, wellness consultations in preventive medicine, nutrition, stress management, spiritual awareness, and body and skin care treatments.


JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85745
520-792-3500
jwmarriottstarrpass.com
Rich with culture, history and beauty, this resort is complete with world-class spa facilities, nationally acclaimed golf courses, fine dining and award-winning restaurants, and perfectly designed convention and meeting spaces.


Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr., Tucson, AZ 85750
520-299-2020
loewshotels.com
Features 398 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges, eight tennis courts, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, fitness trails, swimming pools and a full-service spa.


Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658
520-572-3000
ritzcarlton.com
Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert against the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton features a destination spa, world-class hiking, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, indoor and outdoor dining including True American Cuisine at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar, all within a striking canyon setting.


Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704
800-722-2500
westwardlook.com
Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012