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There is still time to book a memorable holiday party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a party. With the economic downturn slowly starting to appear in the rearview mirror, the office holiday party might be something that slipped your mind because it hasn’t been in the budget in years past. So if you still need to place to host your happening, here are a variety of options to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Bar North at the Kierland Commons
With a gorgeous view of the main Kierland Commons courtyard, Bar North can host up to 60 guests reception style. The inside dining area is perfect for cocktail parties or lavish business dinners for up to 50 people.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Blanco Tacos + Tequila at The Biltmore Fashion Park
Blanco’s private dining has the perfect spot for your fiesta. The private dining space is a hacienda style and comes complete with its own bar. Guest can mingle reception style up to 75, or sit down family style for up to 60 guests.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse is just minutes from North Scottsdale and offers both indoor and outdoor event venues. Its experienced staff and culinary team will customize and handle every detail of your holiday party to assure that it is worry free.
How to book: 480-471-2582 or tontoverde.org

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind, high-energy experience in our warm and inviting space. Guests are welcomed to savor Whiskey Row’s award-winning, made from scratch menu. Features also include: live bands and DJs, karaoke, liquor and beer tasting, personal beer taps, decorations, games and more.
How to book: 928-710-8985 or email tinapeterson@riothg.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
With two 23,000 square-foot ballrooms, outdoor courtyards and three distinctive restaurants (Michael Mina’s Bourbon  Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant opening at the TPC Scottsdale) plus The Plaza Bar in the main plaza, there are endless possibilities for holiday parties, from intimate gatherings to grand galas.
How to book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Old Town
With Frank Sinatra crooning in the background and the tantalizing aromas of over 100 years of pizza-making tradition in the air, Grimaldi’s combines classic pizzeria charm with a modern, stylish, loft-like atmosphere. Grimaldi’s is an excellent cost effective way to feed large parties and intimate gatherings, alike.
How to book: 480-874-8209 or email events@grimaldispizzeria.com

The Henry   
From the large private room with industrial touches, to a private kitchen that feels like the best home chef’s kitchen, The Henry is set to accommodate 10 to 100 guests. Like any seasoned host, The Henry offers reception menus or limited coursed menus of its tried and true favorites.
How to book: 480-751-2934 or email lbyke@foxrc.net

Hotel Valley Ho
Downtown Scottsdale’s historic icon offers fabulous fare for holiday parties and hip venues like the panoramic Sky Line Rooftop, high-tech SoHo Ballroom, and Sands, a private indoor-outdoor event space. Hotel Valley Ho has you covered, whether you’re hosting 50 guests or 500.
How to book: 480-248-2017 or hotelvalleyho.com

Kelly’s at SouthBridge
Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot swanky pub offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine. Their private and semi-private dining spaces and patios offer a variety of options for any event. They can accommodate groups between 10 and 300 people.
How to book: 480-393-3205 or email events@kellysatsouthbridge

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Savor holiday fare and craft cocktails at this Downtown Phoenix boutique hotel. Choose from three different party packages to create a custom event including a holiday mixer, a festive buffet or the fare with flair package. Invite your guests to take the elevator home and spend the night while enjoying 20 percent off the best available rate when you book an event.
How to book: 480-478-1730 or email catering@hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

North in Arcadia
North has turned a modern lens on Italian cooking. Transport your guests to what feels like a charming Italian side street culinary gem with a patio event that seats up to 55, or can accommodate 70 guests reception style. The warm glow of the fireplace with set the mood and heaters will keep guests warm throughout the winter months.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Octane Raceway
Octane Raceway offers the 45 mph Sodi-RTX karts, a Segway obstacle course, rock wall, video games and billiards. Octane also offers state of the art conference rooms with full A/V hookups, as well as a full kitchen and bar.
How to book: 602-302-7223

Olive & Ivy
At Olive & Ivy, discover an enticing selection of unexpected and familiar dishes in a rich, elegant, laid-back atmosphere. For special occasions or business meetings, the restaurant offers two private dining areas and beautiful patio space accommodating a varying number of guests.
How to book: 480-905-3273 or email nlasker@foxrc.net

The Phoenician
From grand ballrooms to intimate salons to a variety of signature dining venues, The Phoenician designs elegant holiday events for gatherings of all sizes.
How to book: 480-423-2722

Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
Rawhide Western Town promises to deliver up a true western experience with 14 unique venues within town to host your private events perfectly along with multiple Wild West attractions and shops. Features include live action stunt shows, stagecoach rides and mechanical bull rides.
How to book: 480-705-2946 or email toni.mennuti@rawhide.com

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Forget about Ho! Ho! Ho! and say Ha! Ha! Ha! Join Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and make this holiday the merriest yet. They can accommodate groups of 10-300 and do it all — drink, dine and laughs. They will even pick on the boss for you!
How to book: 480-420-3553 or email az@houseofcomedy.net

The Rocket
Let the party come to you. The Rocket, the food truck brought to you by North Italia, is a 700-degree wood burning pizza oven on wheels. It’s built to turn fresh ingredients and hand-stretched dough into a piping hot pizza pie in less than eight minutes. With five different signature pizzas, fresh salads, charcuterie and bruschetta, you can proudly cater a private party or corporate event for up to 300 people.
How to book: 480-751-2202  or email kmahoney@foxrc.net

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
For 12-18 people, the historic resort offers a variety of venues including the Delos room at T. Cook’s, The Study at The Mix Up Bar or the architecturally rich Vernadero boardroom overlooking the lawn and reflecting pool. The resort, built in 1929 as a private mansion, has cobblestone pathways, tucked-away courtyards with fountains and an enchanting atmosphere.
How to book: 602-808-3206 or email wstark@destinationhotels.com

SOL Mexican Cocina
Add a little Baja flavor to your holiday festivities. From sit-down, coursed meals to family style sharing or the more informal cocktail style party, SOL Mexican Cocina in Scottsdale Quarter can cater any holiday event to your needs. Available for private events are the patio and the private dining rooms.
How to book: 480-245-6708 or email scottsdaleevents@solcocina.com

Stand Up Live
The downtown Phoenix comedy club offers all-inclusive holiday packages to fit any budget that include show ticket, plated three-course dinner or appetizer, one top-shelf cocktail, tax, and gratuity. Stand Up Live can accommodate groups ranging from 20-500 guests with no waiting in line, waived service fees and all-inclusive pricing.
How to book: 480-467-3162 or email justine@standuplive.com

Taco Guild
Taco Guild’s Key Room holds 24 people, offers full kitchen, bar and wait staff. The innovative tacos at the celebrated restaurant in North Central Phoenix were recently named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as among the best in the United States.
How to book: 602-264-4143 or tacoguild.com

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to end the year in style when it hosts its Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom, the two-day celebration will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, cocktail specials and live performances by the legendary Sam Moore and Boogie Knights.
How to book: 480-850-7734 or talkingstickresort.com.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
Whether your group’s small or large, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill can provide a great experience and value for any holiday event. They feature multiple options including a private event room and bar. Enjoy your choice of their 52 local, craft, import and domestic beers on draft or one of their unique specialty cocktails.
How to book: email ashelton@ceghospitality.com

Uptown Alley
Uptown Alley has 60,000 square feet of fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, casual full service restaurant, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more. Special packages that include game play, rock and bowl, holiday menu and laser tag are available.
How to book: email kjovic@uptownalleysurprise.com

Wrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion Venue and Restaurant, a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., offers breathtaking views of the Valley and can accommodate private events ranging in size from 10 to 1,200.
How to book: 602-553-7295 or wrigleymansion.com

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Ghouls Night Out at Hotel Valley Ho

The hottest Halloween bash in Scottsdale will be at Hotel Valley Ho on Friday, October 31. The event kicks off at 9:00 p.m. in the ballrooms with DJ Mad Hatter, followed by headlining act Whiplash, a DJ duo of femme fatales who have performed around the globe. Drink specials from Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available all night.

A variety of prizes will be given away for the costume contest, including four 90-minute spa treatments, three 2-night stays with breakfast, and a grand prize of $1,000 cash. Voting will take place on the Hotel Valley Ho Facebook page after the event.

Tickets are $30 (early bird, limited availability), $50 for general admission, and $75 at the door (if available). VIP table packages are $750 (early bird, limited availability), $1,000 for general admission, and $1,500 at the door (if available). Each package includes admission for eight, reserved private seating in the VIP section, a bottle of Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, assorted snacks, access to the private bar, wait service, and front row seats to the DJ action. All attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Those interested in staying the night can book the Halloween Package, which includes a Signature Guest Room, two Halloween party tickets, two welcome drinks, and a special spooky arrival amenity. Rates start at $319, with upgrades available at additional cost.

Tickets and details can be found at www.ValleyHoHalloween.com.

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Blue Hound Hires New Executive Chef

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix has hired Sean Currid as Executive Chef. Chef Currid comes from Elements at Sanctuary Resort & Spa where he served as Executive Catering Chef. Currid has been in the Valley for nearly 20 years and has also worked at Michael’s at the Citadel, Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and Cafe ZuZu at The Hotel Valley Ho.

Blue Hound guests will get a taste of Chef Currid’s cuisine when he releases a variety of new dishes on the new fall menu in late October.

ABOUT SEAN CURRID:

For nearly 20 years, Sean Currid has honed his skills in the Culinary Industry in the Valley. His food style falls under contemporary American cuisine, complimented with classic French cooking techniques.

Sean was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. In his teens, his family moved to El Paso, Texas. One of his first jobs in Texas was in a restaurant as a dishwasher and short order cook. It was at this job, his interest in food and cooking grew. Shortly after graduating from high school, he decided that he would take cooking seriously. Sean relocated to Phoenix to attend Scottsdale Culinary Institute and graduated in 1997.

Currid started his professional career at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn while attending Culinary School. Upon completion of school, he continued working there for the next four years. He moved through the ranks of the restaurants at Camelback Inn and finally promoted to Banquet Chef. He moved on to work at Michael’s at the Citadel and was asked once again to join the team at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn overseeing banquets. Currid was then offered a position at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and worked with James Beard Award winner, Chef Bradford Thompson. Over the next two years, he immersed himself in the restaurant and refined his cooking techniques. In 2005, Sean went to go with Chef Charles Wiley, another James Beard winner, to re-open The Hotel Valley Ho. His most recent position was working with Chef Beau MacMillan as Executive Catering Chef at Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa.

Under his direction as Banquet Chef, at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn, the resort received the Gold Platter Award by Meeting and Conventions magazine. In 2010, Sean was named one of “The Valley’s Top Five Sous Chefs” in AZ Magazine. He was also named one of “The Valley’s Seven Top Chefs” AZ Foothills Magazine. Sean was on Food Network’s show “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell.

Sean continues to participate in charity fundraisers, and team with local farmers to create his menus. Currid has also had the privilege of assisting Chef Charles Wiley in New York at The James Beard House, as they represented Café ZuZu.

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Things to do this weekend

This weekend, there is something for everyone to do all day and all night. You can rock out at a music festival or pool party and keep the party going all night at the grand opening of a new club. If you want to spend your evenings doing something a little more low key visit the botanical garden’s flashlight tour or hit the links for a special night of golf.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, a six-week long tour featuring headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium, will be making a stop in Phoenix this Friday. This year, for the first time, the festival will feature four stages of metal with the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage, The Headbang For The Highway/Sumerian Stage and the Victory Records Stage. The festival also features a freestyle motocross and motorsports exhibition area and other surprise attractions.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. Phoenix, Friday July 11, tickets

GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS:
The Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden offers an opportunity for patrons to spend their evening do something a little out of the ordinary and see some of the Valley’s animals and creepy crawlers that only come out at night.  Valley residents can check out discovery stations that show them what the goes on in the dark.  A flashlight tour is offered Saturday, July 12, between 7 and 9 p.m. Admission varies from $10 to $22.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, www.dbg.org, Saturday July 12 7-9 p.m.  

CHROME NIGHTCLUB GRAND OPENING:
Wild House Pass Casino and Hotel will be debuting their Chrome Nightclub in grand form this weekend. As the sun sets in the Valley this weekend Chrome Nightclub will be just getting started with performances by the world renowned video DJ artist and three-time winner of Las Vegas’ Club World Best VJ, DJ Roonie G. Roonie G’s has developed a local fan following from his popular shows at The Bird’s Nest, the nighttime party venue adjacent to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. His show will be projected onto an expanded Chrome dance floor and video displays will be pulsating throughout the club.  Chromes grand opening will be two special high-energy nights of partying.
Chrome Nightclub at Wild Horse Casino and Hotel, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, July 11 and 12, 11 p.m.

NIGHT OF GOLF:
When the sun goes down this Saturday golfers can tee up. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering golfers a unique way to golf in summer and escape the with a night golf at the city’s Palo Verde 9-hole course.  The course will be lined with glow lights and players will receive a glow necklace and glow ball.  Each foursome will receive a flashlight to wave up the next foursome. The event will be run in a tournament format as a four-person scramble and include fun prizes and a goodie bag for each player. Pre-registration is required by calling 602-249-9930 or by visiting the Palo Verde Golf Course.
Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave Phoenix , Saturday July 12, 7 p.m., $100/foursome, tickets

SWAY SUMMER POOL PARTY:
Pool party season is in full swing and Sway’s third annual Summer Pool Party, featuring a full day of music from DJ CrashAttack and DJ Cullen Daniel, is one party you do not want to miss. So lather up your sunscreen and relax poolside at the beautiful OH Pool, visit various pop-up shops, and enjoy free samples from the event’s cocktail sponsors.
The Hotel Valley Ho Pool, 6850 East Main Street in Scottsdale , Sunday, July 13, noon-6 p.m., tickets

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Top 5 Accommodations Scottsdale: Small (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations in Scottsdale, Small (299 or less rooms)! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Accommodations: Scottsdale, Small (299 or less rooms)

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

(866) 888-6540
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High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.

Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(866) 882-4484
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Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique, pool and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.

Gainey Suites Hotel
7300 E, Gainey Suites Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 922-6969
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Experience the quieter side of Scottsdale with this intimate boutique hotel that is in the heart of it all.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(888) 627-3010
Website
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region. The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 970-2100
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The AAA Four-Diamond hotel is located near Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and within walking distance to the entertainment district, luxury shopping at the Waterfront and Old Town Scottsdale.

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Celebrate Labor Day at Hotel Valley Ho

“3-Day Stay Special for Labor Day Weekend”

Guests at Hotel Valley Ho can enjoy a three-night stay in a Signature Guest Room for just $349. Upgraded rooms are also available at discounted rates. {Valid for stays with arrival dates of August 28, 29, 30, or 31. Cannot be combined with other offers, subject to availability. Based on single or double occupancy. Does not include tax.}

Poolside Entertainment

DJ Mr. P-Body will be spinning poolside Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. On these days, only hotel-registered guests will be admitted to the pool area to limit potential overcrowding. Friday through Sunday, guests can enjoy food specials from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and drink specials from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., including select cocktails for $6, $4 beer and $16 beer pails.

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Poolside Cabanas

Poolside cabana rentals are available for $149 Friday, $269 Saturday and Sunday, and $199 Monday (double these rates for the double cabana). Each rental includes a choice of three amenities. Single cabanas accommodate six guests and the double cabana accommodates 12 guests.

Brunch + Bloody Mary Bar at ZuZu

Brunch is served at ZuZu on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Guests can build their own drink at the Bloody Mary Bar from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on both days for $5 per drink.

“Sunday Spa Party Package”

VH Spa is offering 90 minutes of treatments and a glass of wine or Champagne for only $99, plus a 20% service charge based on the original price of $190. Guests can choose from a 60-minute Deep Bodywork Massage, LomiLomi Relaxation Massage, CoffeeBerry Yoga Facial or Signature Pedicure; and a 30-minute Full-Body Aromatherapy Scrub, Custom Mini Facial or Foot Reflexology.

Reservations for guest rooms, ZuZu, VH Spa, and poolside cabanas can be made at 480.248.2000 or hotelvalleyho.com.

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Celebrate Labor Day at Hotel Valley Ho

“3-Day Stay Special for Labor Day Weekend”

Guests at Hotel Valley Ho can enjoy a three-night stay in a Signature Guest Room for just $349. Upgraded rooms are also available at discounted rates. {Valid for stays with arrival dates of August 28, 29, 30, or 31. Cannot be combined with other offers, subject to availability. Based on single or double occupancy. Does not include tax.}

Poolside Entertainment

DJ Mr. P-Body will be spinning poolside Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. On these days, only hotel-registered guests will be admitted to the pool area to limit potential overcrowding. Friday through Sunday, guests can enjoy food specials from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and drink specials from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., including select cocktails for $6, $4 beer and $16 beer pails.

Poolside Cabanas

Poolside cabana rentals are available for $149 Friday, $269 Saturday and Sunday, and $199 Monday (double these rates for the double cabana). Each rental includes a choice of three amenities. Single cabanas accommodate six guests and the double cabana accommodates 12 guests.

Brunch + Bloody Mary Bar at ZuZu

Brunch is served at ZuZu on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Guests can build their own drink at the Bloody Mary Bar from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on both days for $5 per drink.

“Sunday Spa Party Package”

VH Spa is offering 90 minutes of treatments and a glass of wine or Champagne for only $99, plus a 20% service charge based on the original price of $190. Guests can choose from a 60-minute Deep Bodywork Massage, LomiLomi Relaxation Massage, CoffeeBerry Yoga Facial or Signature Pedicure; and a 30-minute Full-Body Aromatherapy Scrub, Custom Mini Facial or Foot Reflexology.

Reservations for guest rooms, ZuZu, VH Spa, and poolside cabanas can be made at 480.248.2000 or hotelvalleyho.com.

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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.

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Sporting events pump billions into Arizona economy

If you build it, they will come.

We did. And they have.

Over the last decade, the Valley has added Jobing.com Arena, University of Phoenix Stadium, built new spring training facilities, upgraded old ones and visiting sports fans have responded by pumping billions of dollars annually into the economy. And when the Super Bowl returns to Arizona in 2015, the big winner will be the Valley, which will score an economic impact $600 million.

“If you take a look at the economic-impact studies that have been done for events such as spring training and the Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Open, the numbers are impressive,” says Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. “For example, the last time the Super Bowl was here, in 2008, if you added its economic impact to that of annual events like Cactus League, the Phoenix Open, the Fiesta Bowl, and the NASCAR events at PIR, you’re looking at a number approaching $2 billion.”

But economic-impact studies alone don’t tell the whole story, Moore says.

“The enormous media value of hosting Super Bowls, college bowl games, NASCAR events, and NBA and (Majore League Baseball) all-star games simply cannot be purchased,” Moore says. “These big-time events also bring in corporate executives who use the games to entertain clients, and those executives and clients often return to town with their own corporate meetings.”

Arizona tourism leaders have utilized and marketed some its the state’s best features — sunny weather that guarantees no delays, desert scenery, excellent facilities and hotels — to become a major player in the world of sports. And the impact on the industry is staggering.

“Huge and immeasurable,” says Jesse Thompson, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. “Every traveling team spends a night in town. Every team has loyal followers who travel to see their teams. And more than just the team travel, you have sportscasters, television crews, medical teams, referees, and not to mention the hundreds of employees at these venues that service everything from security to bathroom cleaning. Also, all the ancillary travel revenues from cabs and taxis, airlines and airports, food and beverage, entertainment, and retail are huge considerations.”

Consider this:

> Cactus League baseball will have an economic impact in excess of $350 million this year; the average stay for fans will be four days; and most will spend $350 a day while they are here. “Spring training typically offers the biggest sporting-related economic boost we see every year,” says Ron Simon, general manager of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.
> The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open pumped $222 million into Arizona’s economy — with direct sales tax revenue estimated to be $8.2 million — and non-local attendees spent an average of $300 per day.
> When the Super Bowl rolls back into town, 85 percent of the 73,000 fans at the game will be from out of state; 65 percent of them will be key company decision-makers; another 50,000 fans will visit without tickets; and the average Super Bowl visitor will spend $2,000 while they are here.
> Glendale alone draws between 4 million and 5 million people annually to sporting events that take place in Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District, which contribute to the city’s increased hotel occupancy and sales tax collection throughout the year.

“The Fiesta Bowl and spring training are tremendous economic engines for Glendale and the West Valley,” says Lorraine Pino, manager of the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Both of these events bring hundreds of thousands of fans to the region. The hotel occupancy rate also reaches near capacity during spring training.”

But it’s not just high-profile athletes that drive sports tourism in Arizona. Beyond being known as a mecca for golfers, the Valley hosts high-profile events for amateur athletes that translate to big bucks for the tourism industry.

Events like Ironman Arizona and the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon are huge economic drivers because they bring not only the athletes, but their families and friends out for support which drives room nights and retail dollars for the entire community,” says Tori McLaughlin, regional director of sales and marketing, West Coast for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which includes both Hotel Palomar and FireSky Resort & Spa.

But beyond the beautiful golf courses, hiking trails and weather, Arizona has built its sports tourism empire by creating its own “Field of Dreams” story and epitomizing the “If you build it, they will come” strategy.

“There has been a major investment in the construction of spring training stadiums, including the development of new stadiums and enhancements to existing ones,” Simon says. “We’ve also seen great development and growth of the entertainment and shopping areas surrounding Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.”

With improving infrastructure and venues, Phoenix is extremely well positioned to successfully bid for even more mega sporting events in the future, experts predict.

“Arizona’s success has created destination envy, particularly in Texas, which actually enjoys an advantage over us because they have legislation in place that allows them to provide hosting-obligation funds based on incremental visitor spending at these events,” Moore says. “In fact, both Houston and Dallas were chosen over the Valley during the last bids for the NCAA Final Four. But we’ve become a better competitor due to the metamorphosis of downtown Phoenix. We stressed this in our most recent Super Bowl bid. The fully expanded convention center, the 1,000-room Sheraton, light rail, CityScape, the new Westin and Hotel Palomar — none of these things were around in ’08, when the Super Bowl was last in Arizona. The NBA and MLB got a taste of the new downtown when they held their All-Star festivities here, and the NFL will get an even bigger taste in 2015.”

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Arizona Cocktail Week To Kick Off February 16 At Hotel Valley Ho

Charlotte Voisey

Save money. Help out a nonprofit.

This is exactly what participants of Arizona Cocktail Week will have the chance to do for one week in February (February 16-22, 2013) — and it’s a statewide event.

For those interested in sampling cocktails, learning from nationally renowned mixologists and helping the community, purchase an Arizona Cocktail Week Tony Abou-Ganimwristband for $10, and take part it in all. Proceeds from the wristbands will benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Arizona, a nonprofit organization that works with public schools across the country to provide career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment.

Wearing the wristband guarantees half off drinks at participating restaurants and bars throughout the state, for the entire week. The wristband will also give Yelpers Steve Olsonaccess to dining specials and exclusive taxi deals to ensure everyone gets home safely.

But that’s not all. Wristband wearers will also receive RACK alerts (Random Acts of Cocktail Kindness), sent out via social media and email, informing attendees of special giveaways and pop-up events/bars, which will spring up around town headed by mixologists from Los Angeles, New York City and St. Louis.Angus Winchester

Arizona Cocktail Week will kick off with the Cocktail Carnival at the Hotel Valley Ho. Here, you’ll find the latest innovations from the nation’s top mixologists and bartenders, including booze-infused cotton candy.

Other notable events happening during AZCW:

  • Tony Abou-Ganim, author of “The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails” and “Iron Chef: America” contestant will host a ladies-only cocktail seminar.
  • Steve Olson, Wine & Spirits writer for Bon Appétit Magazine and cocktail consultant to the top restaurants in the country (Grammercy Tavern, Mayflower Inn) will host a cognac seminar and pub crawl.
  • Two other confirmed mixologists include Charlotte Voisey, company mixologist with William Grant & Sons USA and recognized by the James Beard Foundation in 2009 for contribution to mixology; and Angus Winchester, Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 Brand Ambassador/Mixologist of the Year.
  • This year will launch a Light Rail Pub Crawl in Phoenix.

Schedule for the week:

Saturday, Feb. 16

  • Cocktail Carnival

Sunday, Feb. 17

  • Bloody Bar
  • Seminars
  • Pool Party Fiesta
  • Imbibe n’ Dine

Monday, Feb. 18

  • Bloody Bar
  • Seminars
  • Artisanal Happy Hour
  • Last Slinger Standing
    Cocktail Competition

Tuesday, Feb. 19

  • Imbibe n’ Dine
  • To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion Event

Wed., Feb. 20

  • Light Rail Safari

Thursday, Feb. 21

  • Imbibe n’ Dine

Friday, Feb. 22

  • Last Call Closing Party

For more information about Arizona Cocktail Week, including the schedule of events for the week, visit arizonacocktailweek.com.

 
Arizona Cocktail Week
When: February 16-22, 2013
Where: View a list of participating restaurants/bars
Cost: $10 wristbands

champagne

Picking The Perfect Champagne For New Year's Eve: Brand And Venue Picks

New Year’s Eve, the one time of year that our wine glasses sparkle as brightly our winter wardrobes.

But how does one choose the best champagne or sparkling wine to enjoy during this, the fizziest of holiday seasons?

“Simply put, one must decide how much of a brut he/she wants in order to determine the best bottle for his/her taste buds,” says Douglas Wooster, market manager of Moet Hennessey in Arizona.

According to Wooster, when it comes to champagne and sparkling wines, the term “brut” refers to how much sugar is contained in the bottle. The least-sweet bottles, generally the most popular among males, are generally those labeled as “brut,” “extra brut” and “brut zero.” For sweeter options, look for the terms “extra dry,” “dulce,” “sec” or “semi-sec.”

If shopping by brand, the below guide is a best bet for good bubbles; and all are available at any local AJ’s or Total Wine & More:

Moët & Chandon
World’s leading champagne house since 1743. The quality of the wines starts with the 2,840 acres of sweeping estates, offering unparalleled access to the finest grapes that the champagne region has to offer.
Retail: $40 – $85

Veuve Clicquot
For more than 230 years, the brand’s stayed true to its motto: “Only one quality, the finest.”
Retail: $50 – $180

Krug
Visionary Founder Joseph Krug understood the essence of champagne is pleasure itself.
Retail: $170 – $225

Dom Pérignon
Precise and tactile to the point of seamlessness; tense through rhythm and vibrancy; vigorous and fresh yet mature; intense and complex.
Retail: $150 – $200

If shopping for the best venues to enjoy a bottle or two of champagne this holiday season, below are two best bets:

  • Lon’s at Hermosa Inn’s Mumm & Perrier-Jouet Wine Dinner on December 27th, hermosainn.com
  • Champagne New Year’s Eve at Hotel Valley Ho on December 31st, hotelvalleyho.com

And, if you would rather try your hand at eating your champagne wishes and caviar dreams this New Year’s, be sure to check out Scottsdale’s own Melting Pot, which is incorporating a “champagne cooking style” into its holiday menu as well as pairing its signature fondues with a bevy of rich champagnes and sparkling wines.

“We are marrying rich Fontina and Butterkäse cheeses with buttermilk bleu cheese, shallots, scallions and fresh-cracked black pepper to the champagne on New Year’s Eve only for the ultimate sparkling take on our classic Wisconsin Trio,” says Aaron Marion, a spokesperson for the Melting Pot.

NYE 2013 Events

NYE 2013 Events In Scottsdale

It’s almost here — 2013! Ready for the countdown? Here are a few NYE 2013 events happening around the Scottsdale area.

NYE 2013 in Scottsdale:

7 Sexy Deadly Sins at Axis Radius

Axis Radius logo, NYE 2013What: Live music from DJ Soloman; décor based on the seven deadly sins: envy, sloth, lust, pride, gluttony, greed and wrath; perfect for anyone looking for a seductive, yet spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration.
Tickets: General admission, $25, VIP, $45, includes exclusive upstairs VIP area and champagne toast at midnight (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Axis-Radius, 7340 E. Indian Plaza,
 Scottsdale
Online: axis-radius.com

The Premier at The Mint

the mint, NYE 2013

What: A red carpet, star-studded Hollywood affair.
Tickets: $40 per person (purchase tickets here); for table reservations, call Kelly O’Connor at (480) 516-9748
When: December 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: The Mint
, 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: themintaz.com

Last Dance NYE featuring Wolfgang Gartner at El Santo

el santo, nye 2013What: Relentless Beats and El Santo present “Last Dance” NYE featuring Grammy-nominated house music producer and DJ Wolfgang Gartner.
Tickets: Starting at $35 online or at the door on December 31st for $75 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 7 p.m.
Where: El Santo Cantina, 
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
Online:elsantocantina.com

New Years Eve Package at FireSky Resort and Spa

nye 2013What: Includes Deluxe guest room accommodations, a welcome bottle of champagne, NYE party favors, two cocktails at Taggia’s “Create Your Own Bloody Mary” bar on New Year’s Day, and late checkout of 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Book online or call (800) 528-7867 and mention rate code PNYE
Where: FireSky Resort and Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Online: fireskyresort.com

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve at W Scottsdale

w scottsdale great gatsby, nye 2013What: A “Great Gatsby” and Roaring ’20s themed NYE party. W Scottsdale is also offering a NYE package, which includes two tickets to the party, in-room champagne, one flask for men and one beaded necklace for women, hosted reception from 7-9 p.m. in the Living Room and more.
Tickets: For the event, $75 for women, $100 for men, $1,000+ for VIP (purchase tickets here); for the package, $374.50 per night (call (877) 782-0104 and ask for rate plan GATSBY, or visit wscottsdalehotel.com/newyear)
When: Event on December 31, 8 p.m.; package valid on stays December 30, 2012 – January 1, 2013
Where: W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: wscottsdalehotel.com

Fiesta Bowl Invitational at The Phoenician Resort

fiesta bowl invitational, nye 2013What: An elegant evening consisting of live entertainment, five-star dining and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Childhelp, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
Tickets: Single, $300; table: $3,000 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: invitational.fiestabowl.org

NYE 2013: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hotel Valley Ho

hotel valley ho nye 2013What: Includes a four-hour premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, top club DJs (DJ Decipha), and nearly 1,000 partygoers counting down to midnight with a video countdown.
Tickets: Starts at $115, VIP tables with reserved seating and bottle service start at $750; stay overnight with a special discounted rate of $249 (purchase tickets here)
Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Contact: (312) 226-6990
Online: hotelvalleyho.com

Night on the Town New Year’s Eve at The Saguaro

Saguaro, NYE 2013What: The Saguaro offers two NYE packages — its Night on the Town, which includes a taco trio for two and two margaritas at Distrito, and its Night at the Saguaro, which includes a barbacoa tasting menu for two in Distrito and brunch for two and two Bloody Mary’s on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Night on the Town, from $236; Night at the Saguaro, from $391 (book here)
Where: The Saguaro, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Online: jdvhotels.com

New Year’s Eve at Sushi Roku (W Scottsdale)

SushiRoku_0008What: Offering a full, a la carte menu, special menus; half off bottles of wine, sake and champagne from 5-7 p.m.; and a restaurant decked out with 1,000 balloons. The upstairs patio will showcase the W Ball Drop.
Reservations: Call (480) 970-2121
When: December 31; dining room, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; upstairs patio, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Sushi Roku, W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: sushiroku.com

“RA”ckin’ New Year’s Eve Party at RA Sushi

ra sushi, nye eventsWhat: New Year’s themed food and drink specials — including Firework Shrimp, “RA”solution Roll, Stoke of Midnight Maki and Bell Droppin’ Bombers — and a live DJ spinning all night. Also offering half-off bottles of sake during the party.
When: December 31, 7 p.m. to close
Where: Kierland Commons, 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, (480) 951-5888; Old Town Scottsdale, 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 990-9256
Online: rasushi.com

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

Scottsdale's Ultimate Block PartyWhat: Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this event is a collaboration of three restaurant and bar venues, Dos Gringos, RockBar Inc. and Blitz Sports Grill; features an indoor-outdoor block party with DJs and live music by the Dirty Heads, Authority Zero, the Veragroove, Black Bottom Lighters, the Wednesday Machine, Weird is the New Cool, HB Surround Sound, Pride Through Strife, Valley Love and Grain Truth.
Tickets: $30 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, gates open at 5 p.m.
Where: Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave & 5th Ave., just one block west of Scottsdale Rd.
Online: scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com
Hotel Valley Ho, ZuZu

Hotel Valley Ho's New Year’s Eve Bash

There is no doubt that when you visit the Hotel Valley Ho, whether it be for lunch, a special occasion or hotel stay, you are in for a real treat and unique experience. I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Kristin Heggli, PR and communications manager for the Hotel Valley Ho. Heggli shared the details for their upcoming New Year’s celebration, and how you can ring in the New Year in style.

Tell me about the end of the year at the Hotel Valley Ho.

ZuZu is open Christmas Day! Diners can order off the regular menus, and we’ll also have a few holiday specials like the herb-crusted prime rib and egg nog crème brulee. We’ve also got a great, retro-themed New Year’s Eve party at ZuZu.

What sets your New Year’s event apart from other in the Valley?

This is the only event of the year where our staff is dressed 1950s style, and we encourage guests to wear their best vintage threads, too. It’s so fun to see everyone dress to the period and have a swell time! Also, the rooftop champagne toast is quite special; it’s atop our seven-story tower.

What can guests expect when they choose to spend New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Valley Ho?

DJ Mr. P-Body will be spinning in the lounge, and we’ll also have a four-course dinner paired with Belvedere vodka and champagne from Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. Those who reserve a seat at dinner will be invited to a champagne toast on the rooftop at midnight.

How would you describe the overall experience?

The moment guests arrive, they’ll feel transported to the 1950s. It’ll be an evening of splendid cuisine, champagne, dancing and celebration.

Are there various dining options and price points for the evening?

Yes; guests can reserve a seat for the four-course dinner in the restaurant, or order off the lounge menu and dine in the lounge. The 6:30 p.m. dinner seating is $100, and the 9:30 p.m. seating is $135 (plus tax and gratuity). We recommend early reservations as this event sells out every year.

Tell me about the highlight of the evening.

The dinner is definitely the highlight! For the first course, diners can choose crispy oysters, cheese tortellini, or shrimp + lobster cocktail. The second course is a choice of crab bisque or kale salad; the third course is a choice of tender beef short rib, herb roasted loin of veal, or blackened ahi; and for dessert, it’s either pear financier or chocolate crème brulee. It’s a wonderful menu with a lot of options. The first three courses are paired with champagne, and dessert is paired with a Belvedere lemon basil martini.

Don’t miss this sophisticated and one-of-a-kind evening this New Year’s Eve! Log on to its website or call the number below to reserve your place today. See you there!

Hotel Valley Ho’s New Year’s Eve Bash

When: Monday, December 31, 2012; dining: 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.;
live entertainment: 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Reserve: (480) 248-2000
Online: hotelvalleyho.com

The Saguaro Scottsdale’s vibrant hues can be seen throughout the property, including this guestroom. Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Top 5: Scottsdale Accommodations, Small (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Scottsdale Accommodations, Small — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Accommodations, Small: 300 or more rooms

 

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.,
Carefree, AZ 85377
(480) 595-3500
theboulders.com
The Boulders provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments.


Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(866) 882-4484
hotelvalleyho.com
Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique and a pool. Restaurants include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
(888) 207-9696
fourseasons.com/scottsdale
High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.


Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(888) 627-3010
montelucia.com
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.


The Saguaro Scottsdale

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(877) 808-2440
jdvhotels.com
This updated 1960s motel with 194 rooms boasts bright hues with its color-blocking scheme and sits on the edge of Old Town Scottsdale.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

Photo: Hotel Valley Ho

Ultimate Art And Cultural Tours: Discover The History Behind Your Favorite Spots

For those Phoenicians who want to know more about the city in which they live and the history of its local buildings, museums and even fashion boutiques, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers a behind-the-scene look at areas in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours was founded by Ace Bailey, who created it after participating in other local and national art tours. Bailey has worked in the tourism business for 16 years, and with her extensive knowledge, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers more than 30 different types of tours.

Because Scottsdale is a city known for its architecture, among other things, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers six tours that would please any architect lover. One of the tours of which attendees can take advantage is through Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Taliesin West, where he apprenticed new architects at his school and also created a home that was harmonious with nature. Another one of the tour’s hotspots is Hotel Valley Ho, designed by Edward L. Varney, who created other notable structures such as the Sun Devils Stadium. Hotel Valley Ho was later remodeled by architect Mark Philip but has stayed true to its past. Visitors will learn about the history of the hotel, and how it was a hotspot for celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner with Natalie Woods.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours even offers free tours the second Saturday of each month. Attendees will take one of the Scottsdale trolleys and learn about the Scottsdale Art District, Hotel Valley Ho, the Waterfront and SouthBridge. On these tours, attendees not only learn about the history of Scottsdale, but they also get inside tips about which restaurants are the best to eat at and where they should stop to shop. These tours fill up quickly, so reservations are required.

To find more information the Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours and to make reservations, visit ultimatearttours.com.

 

Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.,
Carefree, AZ 85377
480-595-3500
theboulders.com
Experience an undeniably unique sense of place astonishingly in tune with the environment. Untouched. Unspoiled. The Boulders provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments, with the unsurpassed beauty of the Sonoran Desert.


Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-948-1700
camelbackinn.com
The much-anticipated $50 million renovation of Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona has been unveiled. An enchanting haven of AAA Five-diamond hospitality and Southwestern charm is yours to rediscover: the hacienda-style entry and lobby, spectacular new restaurants, grand courtyard and the all new 20,000 square foot Arizona Ballroom await. Experience Scottsdale’s most celebrated Spa Camelback Inn or challenge your game on 36-holes of championship Arizona golf.


Fairmont Scottsdale

7575 E. Princess Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
480-585-4848
scottsdaleprincess.com
Offering one of the best spas in North America, two award-winning restaurants, meeting facilities and two 18-hole championship golf courses — one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly the FBR Open).


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
888-207-9696
fourseasons.com/scottsdale
High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.


Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
866-882-4484
hotelvalleyho.com
Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique and a pool. Restaurants include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
800-233-1234
scottsdale.hyatt.com
Discover your own perfect hotel stay with championship golf, Spa Avania, water playground or Camp Hyatt Kachina. Expansive meeting facilities are just minutes away from the area’s major attractions.


The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-941-8200
thephoenician.com
This AAA 5 Diamond award-winning property offers luxurious casitas, suites and guest rooms; one of America’s best resort golf courses; The Centre for Well-Being spa; tennis complex; nine swimming pools and elegant dining venues.


Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
877-724-4687
talkingstickresort.com
Offering distinct comfort and the most contemporary appointments, all Talking Stick Resort guest rooms and hotel suites exude the flavor of Scottsdale and the Southwest with a modern flair.


W Scottsdale

7277 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-970-2100
whotels.com/Scottsdale
Sizzling hot and sparkling cool, W Scottsdale is infused with natural water elements flowing with meditative energy surrounded by exhilarating arts, sophisticated shopping, destination golf and a pulsating nightlife in our most livable city.


Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480-624-1000
kierlandresort.com
Come wander the groups of this desert oasis. Explore its hidden corners. Discover its intimate treasures. Enjoy desert-inspired treatments at Agave, The Arizona Spa, 27 holes of championship golf, waterpark, award-winning dining and nearby upscale shopping.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

 

Drinking & Diving: 5 Best Pool Bars

Drinking & Diving: 5 Best Pool Bars

Here they are — the best five pool bars in Scottsdale to show off, cool down, and drink up.

Talking Stick Resort Pool Bar

What Guests Love Most

Talking Stick Resort, Pool Bar

Guests love the entire pool experience that we offer at Talking Stick Resort. Guests can soak up rays in one of many lounge chairs surrounding the pool, or they can rent one of our 11 private cabanas. In addition to exclusive seating for parties, some of our cabanas offer enhanced services and amenities, such as a poolside massage. Each cabana is also assigned a personal attendant to meet guests’ needs, ensuring that the AAA Four Diamond Service Talking Stick Resort is known for extends beyond our hotel tower.

Guests can also dine poolside or go to the grill, which has bar seating for 12, as well as table seating for 30.

Signature Drinks

We have two delicious drinks that are huge sellers for guests relaxing poolside. They are our seasonal Fruit Mojito and the Stoli Ginger Lemonade – Stolichnaya Vodka and Cointreau, shaken with fresh lemonade and topped with a float of Ginger de Canton Ginger Liqueur, garnished with a lemon wedge.

Recipe: Fruit Mojito

Fruit Mojito, Photo: M. Allan SchanbacherIngredients:
½ oz. of simple syrup
1 ½ oz. Bacardi Silver or choose from one of the Bacardi Rums
Fruit flavors: Bacardi Torched Cherry, Bacardi Artic Grape
or Bacardi Dragon Berry
Fresh mint and lime wedge
Directions:
First pour ½ oz. of simple syrup in a tall glass, add sprig of fresh mint, and muddle with a plastic or wooden muddler.
Then add Bacardi Silver (or one of the fruit flavors). Add ice, and top with Club soda. Garnish with a lime and a mint sprig.

Upcoming Events

We are so excited to announce the launch our new pool party series called RELEASE!, which will feature amazing drink specials and some of the region’s hottest DJs. The RELEASE parties will take place every Saturday and Sunday this summer beginning May 28 and 29, Memorial Day weekend until Sept. 1 and 2, Labor Day weekend. They’ll run from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The DJs will preform from 1 – 5 p.m.

This is the perfect pool bar to … relax and rejuvenate while having your every need attended to.

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777
talkingstickresort.com

Hotel Valley Ho
OH Pool Bar + Cabanas

What Guests Love Most

Hotel Valley Ho, OH Pool Bar

People who come to the pool love the fun atmosphere — whether it’s a laid-back weekday or a weekend in the summer with live music.

Signature Drink

Miami Vice: People love the frozen, fruity blend of strawberry daiquiri and pina colada. It’s so refreshing!

Recipe: Miami Vice

Miami Vice, Hotel Valley HoStrawberry Daiquiri Ingredients:
2 oz. Cruzan Light Rum
3 oz. Daily’s Strawberry Daiquiri mix
Splash of fresh pineapple juice
Directions: Blend all ingredients with ice until slushy.

Pina Colada Ingredients:

2 oz. Cruzan Light Rum
3 oz. Daily’s Pina Colada mix
Splash of fresh pineapple juice
Directions: Blend all ingredients with ice until slushy.

Pour the Pina Colada into a 16-oz glass, then pour the Strawberry Daiquiri on top. Garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry.

Upcoming Events

Live music poolside from Matthew Thornton on Friday, July 6. DJ Mr. P-Body spins every Saturday July through September, plus Sunday, July 8 (Fourth of July weekend) and Sunday, September 2 (Labor Day weekend).

This is the perfect pool bar to … unwind at.

Hotel Valley Ho OH Pool Bar + Cabanas
6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 248-2000
ohpool.com/summer-happenings

Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club

Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club, poolWhat Guests Love Most

The uniqueness of the venue. We are a small oasis in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Where else can you kick off your heels and dip your feet in the pool while sipping a frosty margarita with friends?(Without having to pay for a hotel room.)

Signature Drink

People love pitchers of the Chinito. The combination of fresh fruit, ginger and vodka in an iced pitcher seems to cool people off in the summer heat.

Recipe: Chinito

Chinito Pitcher, Spanish Fly

 

Ingredients:
Vodka
Canton Ginger Liqueur
Blueberries
Ginger beer

Directions:
Mix ingredients together, and serve!

Upcoming Events

Every weekend is an event at Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club. We do happy hour Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with two-for-one drinks and half-priced appetizers. We have our weekend pool parties every Saturday and Sunday.

This is the perfect pool bar to … meet all of your friends and have a great time.

Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club
4341 N. 75th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 949-8454
spanishflyscottsdale.com

Scottsdale Resort Palapas Pool Bar

Scottsdale Resort Palapas Pool BarWhat Guests Love Most

Palapas covered bar with misters and the games on TV. There is plenty of comfy seating in our new lounge chairs and outdoor sofas and fire pits.

Signature Drink

Our Premium Strawberry Collins is a great, hot-day treat. The drink features No. Ten by Tanquery with strawberry puree, premium organic agave nectar and fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Recipe: Premium Strawberry Collins

Premium Strawberry Collins, Photo: M. Allan Schanbacher
Ingredients:

1.5 oz No. 10 by Tanquerey
.5 oz Strawberry puree
1 oz lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar

Directions:
Shake and strain over ice. Add 1 oz of soda water and give light stir to incorporate.
Garnish with mint and lemon twist.

Upcoming Events

We have a daily happy hour featuring $4, 100% agave margaritas and $3 Bud Light drafts from 3 – 6 p.m., seven days a week.

This is the perfect pool bar to … enjoy the sunshine with a local brew or a premium hand-made cocktail in hand.

Scottsdale Resort Palapas Pool Bar
7700 E. McCormick Pkwy.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 991-9000
thescottsdaleresort.com

The Phoenician Oasis Pool Bar

The Phoenician Oasis Pool BarWhat Guests Love Most

It is exclusive to resort guests, providing the centerpiece to the expansive, eight-pool complex, while serving as an iconic destination within The Phoenician.

Signature Drink

Prickly Pear Margarita, made with Herradura Anejo Tequila, Cointreau, and Prickly Pear Puree; sweetened with lemon and lime juices. It offers an indigenous twist on the classic cocktail and can be served frozen or on the rocks with a salted rim, if preferred, and a lime garnish.

Recipe: Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita, The Phoenician

Ingredients:
2 oz. Herradura Anejo Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 tbsp. Prickly Pear Puree
To the top: lemon and lime juice (sweet and sour mix)
Lime garnish

Directions:
Can be served frozen or on the rocks.

Upcoming Events

Live entertainment featuring a solo guitarist will be offered on select weekends (Exact Dates: July 1 and July 7; September 1 and September 2).

This is the perfect pool bar to … experience AAA Five Diamond luxury within a lush tropical setting, nestled at the base of sun-capped Camelback Mountain.

The Phoenician Oasis Pool Bar & Grille
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-8200
thephoenician.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

From Dusk ’til Dawn: Your Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Same bar, same bartender, night after night — what’s the fun in that? Whether you’re planning a memorable evening or more interested in creating a scandalously forgettable night, try something new (with someone new) with this nightlife guide as your source.

From theaters and comedy clubs to bars, clubs and the live music scene, this Scottsdale nightlife guide covers it all:

Entertainment Venues:

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
(480) 850-7777
talkingstickresort.com
The Comedy Spot Comedy Club
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-4422
thecomedyspot.net
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-1664
desertstages.org
Scottsdale Nightlife GuideScottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St.
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)
scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St.
(480) 248-2000
hotelvalleyho.com
The Saguaro
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
(480) 308.1100
jdvhotels.com
Studio Movie Grill
15515 N. Hayden Rd.
(480) 991-3106
studiomoviegrill.com
Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St.
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
iPic Theaters
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-3232
ipictheaters.com
iPic Theaters, Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Stand-Up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 882-0730
standupscottsdale.com

Bars & Clubs:

Scottsdale Nightlife GuideW Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 970-2100
wscottsdalehotel.com
Jackrabbit Lounge
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., #100
(480) 429-4494
jackrabbitaz.com
Spanish Fly
4341 N. 75th St.
(480) 949-8454
spanishflyscottsdale.com
Myst
7340 E. Shoeman Ln.
(480) 970-5000
mystaz.com
SALT
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., #F-230
(480) 483-3232
thesaltclub.com
Firehouse
4312 N. Brown Ave.
(480) 265-6989
ilovefirehouse.com
Axis-Radius
7340 E. Indian Plaza
(480) 970-1112
axis-radius.com
Mabel’s on Main
7018 E. Main St.
(480) 889-5580
mabelsonmain.com
El Santo
7301 E. Butherus Dr.
(480) 949-8454
elsantocantina.com
The Mint
7373 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 947-6468
themintaz.com
Salty Senorita
3636 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 946-7258
7540 E. 1st St.
(480) 421-0500
saltysenorita.com
Narcisse
Tea and
Champagne Lounge
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 588-2244
narcisselounge.com
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Live Music Venues:

Culinary Dropout
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125
(480) 970-1700
foxrc.com
Chaser’s Nightclub
8005 E. Roosevelt St.
(480) 945-4985
chaserslive.net
Kazimierz
World Wine Bar
7137 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) WINE-004 (9463)
kazbar.net
Old Town Tavern
7320 E. Scottsdale Mall
(480) 606-8113
oldtowntavernaz.com
Scottsdale Nightlife GuideThe Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-5551
thevenuescottsdale.com
Martini Ranch
7295 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) 970-0500
martiniranchaz.net
5th and Wine
7051 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 699-8001
5thandwine.com
The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 947-3580
theroguebar.com
The Roxy Lounge
7443 E. 6th Ave.
(480) 970-1222
theroxyaz.com
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
(602) 716-2222
crescentphx.com
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Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch
(480) 444-1234
scottsdale.hyatt.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

 

Summer Spa Events and Specials

Scottsdale’s Hottest Spa Events, Specials

The summer heat might have us running for cover, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spoil ourselves. What better way to stay cool than by indulging in some of Scottsdale’s hottest spa events and spa specials?

Luxurious spas in and around the greater Phoenix area are coming together to celebrate this blazing season (in the air-conditioned shade, of course) and, in the process, will raise money for a wonderful cause.

Noteworthy spa events and specials in Scottsdale this summer include:

7th Annual Summer Spaaah Series

Arizona Spa Girls will host its seventh annual Summer Spaaah Series, a line-up of seven resort spa events, with a percentage of ticket sales targeted towards Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

Fresh Start is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women through the services of the Jewell McFarland Lewis-Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center in Phoenix.

Tickets for the Summer Spaaah Series start at $110 and include an evening reception, featuring an excellent wine selection and scrumptious samplings of the chef’s picks. Guests receive a beach bag stuffed with luxury spa and beauty products, a charity raffle ticket and, of course, mini spa services.

Each attendee will receive a “Spaaah” certificate valid toward one full spa treatment, along with use of the spa amenities on a day of their choosing, within 30 days of the event.

2012 dates and destinations for the Summer Spaaah Series:

6/15: Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch
7/13: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at the Wigwam, Litchfield Park
7/27: Arizona Biltmore Spa, Phoenix
8/10: Agave, The Arizona Spa at Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale
8/24: Amara Spa at Amara Resort Hotel, Sedona

For information on purchasing tickets, visit summerspaseries.com/store.

Spa Nordstrom

This summer, Spa Nordstrom is offering its heavenly Grapefruit Ice Pedicure for $60 (normally $70). This hour-long pedicure includes an aromatherapy feet soak along with a grapefruit and walnut shell leg/foot exfoliation.

Also, anyone who purchases an hour-long facial can also receive a pedicure simultaneously, for an additional $55.

And, Spa Nordstrom is now carrying the fabulous Moroccan Oil Body Line!

Spa Nordstrom
7055 E. Camelback Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 429-167
nordstrom.com

Bliss Spa

For those who plan to visit Bliss Spa at the W Hotel in the near future, be sure to ask about the Summer Spa Pass. For $300, you can choose three different services from its list of offerings, all targeting different areas of the body.

W Hotel

7277 E. Camelback Rd., 
Scottsdale
(480) 575-0164
blissworld.com

Spa Lamar

Looking for the perfect gift this summer that promises more bang for your buck? Fear not! At Spa Lamar, when you purchase a $100 gift card, you will receive a $25 gift card for your own personal use.

Spa Lamar
5115 N. Scottsdale Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 945-7066
thelamar.com

Jurlique Spa

Just in time for the summer sizzle, Jurique Spa of Firesky Resort is boasting an all-new summer “de-stress for less” menu of services and prices. This special offer menu is available June 1st through September 30th.

Jurlique Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., 
Scottsdale
(480) 424-6072
fireskyresort.com

Joya Spa

Need to renew and replenish from the exhausting heat? Joya Spa presents its exclusive summer special: buy one, get one half off! Enjoy the luxurious list of services, along with access to Joya’s lavish, private terrace pool.

Montelucia Resort

4949 E. Lincoln Dr
., Scottsdale
(888) 691-5692
joyaspa.com

VH Spa for Vitality + Health

VH Spa at Valley Ho resort might offer the mother-load of summer savings! June and July offer massage and body treatments at a heavily discounted price.

On top of monthly deals, VH also has weekday summer specials. Check out its website for a complete list of the discounted services.

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St
., Scottsdale
(480) 248-2000
vhspa.com

Blu Sol Spa

Talk about a super summer bargain — this boutique spa offers an hour-long massage for just $39, or an hour-long organic facial for $69! Call for more upcoming deals and specials.

Blu Sol Spa
7105 E. McDowell Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 423-0145
blusolspa.com

Dolce Salon Spa

Dolce has overhauled its menu to offer client’s special deals and discounts this month. Save big on some of your spa favorites and ultra indulgent party packages.
Also featured, a Father’s Day gift card package, which you definitely don’t want to pass up!

Dolce Salon Spa
6166 N. Scottsdale Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 722-0500
dolcesalonspa.com

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Spa, known for delivering the star treatment, is now offering a 50-minute pedicure for only $58 (regularly $70). Choose from three flirty colors to soften and brighten your toes, all while sipping your favorite summer drink.

Also available Sundays through Thursdays, guests can chose from one of the following body treatments for just $89: Desert Lavender Massage, Sweet Mesquite Body Polish, or the Repair and Prevent Facial.

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd
., Scottsdale
(480) 850-4065
talkingstickresort.com


What are you waiting for? Stay cool, do something nice for yourself, and help a very worthwhile cause. A list this long guarantees a spa experience you’ll not soon forget.


 

Conquering Concussions

Conquering Concussions Initiative Raises Awareness Of TBI

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to partner with the CACTIS Foundation, a community-based institution focused on advancing the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, and to support its Conquering Concussions initiative which raises awareness about minimal Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Don’t let the name fool you — “minimal” head injuries like concussions are often ignored or mistreated, especially in young athletes, and can lead to serious medical conditions.

Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for America’s youth. While many of the severe cases are attributed to accidents, it is estimated that sports and recreational activities cause between one and four million new brain injuries each year. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should pull your child from all physical activity and contact sports; however, being able to recognize the signs and symptoms and how to properly monitor and treat a mTBI can prevent serious, but avoidable, complications.

Dr. Hirsch Handmaker, chairman and CEO of The CACTIS Foundation, in collaboration with Barrow Neurological Institute, is developing an age-appropriate e-learning module designed especially for six- to 14-year-olds as part of the Conquering Concussions initiative. The three-component program includes Junior Brainbook, which consists of an interactive website for education, treatment and evaluation of concussions; educational materials for parents, teachers, coaches and guardians and the guidelines regarding the management of a child suspected of suffering from a concussion; and live presentations by well-known professional athletes who have been affected by post-concussion complications. This is an extension of the Brainbook educational project currently in existence for Arizona high school students.

The Junior Brainbook project will be piloted with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale with anticipated subsequent roll-out to 22 organizations and 73 clubs comprising the Arizona Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs and with other teams and clubs nationwide.

“Expanding this project to target younger athletes, those most vulnerable to complications from concussions, will hopefully reduce the number of preventable episodes and sequelae in the future” Dr. Handmaker says. “The Conquering Concussions program aims to bring to light the consequences of repetitive head injury and Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) on a national and grassroots level.”

Helping to kick off the program is Chris Nowinski, former Harvard University football player, professional wrestler and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. He will receive the first-ever Conquering Concussions “Hero” Award from the CACTIS Foundation and act as keynote speaker at an awareness banquet on March 16 at the Hotel Valley Ho. The proceeds from the banquet will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Nowinski is an ardent advocate for concussion education. Forced into retirement after a series of concussions in 2003, Nowinski suffered post-concussion syndrome. His challenging recovery inspired him to write the book “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis” in an effort to educate parents, coaches and children of this growing health epidemic.

Following the banquet on March 17 will be the second “Current Topics in Sports Medicine” symposium, also at the Hotel Valley Ho. Topics include the latest approaches to concussion management; new developments in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in concussion evaluation; how to educate young athletes about concussions as well as addressing other common sports-related injuries, including the increasing prevalence of hip injuries in athletes; shoulder pain in throwing athletes; and the growing interest in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP). World experts in these topics will once again be presenting their latest information to the audience.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is honored to be a part of this exciting new program. Today, more than 16,000 community youths ages six to 18 are served through nine branches and 12 outreach sites in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Hualapai Indian community and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is committed to providing athletic programs and promote healthy physical activity in children. With programs, including gymnastics, basketball, karate, football and cheer, it is crucial all members are educated on the latest in healthcare.

For more information about Conquering Concussions and the CACTIS Foundation, visit cactisfoundation.org.

Tourism Industry - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Arizona Tourism Industry Has A Billion-Dollar Impact On Economy

Economic engine: Arizona tourism industry packs an economic punch of $17.7 billion yearly

Tourism is one of the largest industries in Arizona, but it isn’t just about hotels and golf courses.

Its direct economic impact of $17.7 billion has helped keep the state afloat during some of its darkest economic days, and the ripple effect is even greater. Those dollars spill over to a host of businesses, from the farmers who supply produce to the hotel restaurants to the car dealers who sell vehicles to the banquet servers. They also help keep our police officers and firefighters on the streets, thanks to tax revenues.

“That trickle-down money does affect everyone who is a citizen of Arizona, to some degree,” said Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.

And the money keeps coming, thanks to nearly 37 million overnight visitors annually.

“It’s so important to recognize the tourism industry is always here,” Henry said. “Even in recessionary times, people are still traveling.”

Tourism spending was up 7.9 percent in Arizona from 2009 to 2010 and has increased 25 percent since 2000. Overall, it’s still down 7 percent from its heyday of 2007, but most other indicators are moving in the right direction: Tax revenues, occupancy rates and demand are all up from 2009.

“It’s not that we don’t feel the effects of the recession,” Henry said, “but we’re still in the game.”

While the state has lost 11 percent of its tourism jobs since its high of about 173,400 in 2007, the industry still brings in $48 million a day. Tourism is the number one export industry in Arizona.

One way that benefits every resident directly is when the tax bills come. Taxes from tourism generate $1.3 billion in local and state revenue, which pays for everything from public safety to parks to libraries.

“When you look at the taxes generated, (tourism) saves every Arizona resident $1,000,” Henry said. Her agency, which was created in 1975, is responsible for marketing the state as a whole with multiple programs: advertising, public relations, community outreach, trade and media, and digital and social media, to all domestic and international visitors.
“(Travelers) have a lot of choices, so it’s important your destination stays in top of mind,” Henry said.

Part of the money for tourism outreach comes from tribal gaming. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, tribal gaming revenues contributed $5.5 million to the state’s Tourism Fund. That comes from the $79 million total they deposited to the state, with another 12 percent of their annual revenue of almost $1.7 billion going to cities, towns and counties.

In addition, said Melody Hudson, public relations manager for Gila River Gaming Enterprises, “We have a deep and wide reach as far as our philanthropic activities, too.”

Tourism weaves through the fabric of our economy in ways that aren’t always obvious. Jesse Thompson, director of sales and marketing for the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, gave a list of local businesses that the hotel supports. Zuzu, its on-site restaurant, gets a good deal of its ingredients from local purveyors such as Red Bird Farms, McClendon Farms, Duncan Farms, Crave Artisan Ice Cream and Hickman Family Farms. Audio-visual contractors, limo and taxi drivers, independent conference planners, beverage distributors, decorators, and even the company that launders their linens – sheets, towels, tablecloths, spa robes – would all be affected if business dropped.

However, Thompson is proud that revenues at the 230-room Hotel Valley Ho increased 21 percent in 2011 over 2010, and he expects an 8 percent bump from 2011 to 2012. None of the 240 to 250 employees has been laid off in six years, despite the downturn. He attributes the increase in going after more group bookings.

Another way tourism boosts Arizona’s entire economy is by making the state not only an appealing place to visit, but to live. People might come to see auto shows, sporting events or festivals and decide to make a permanent move.

“People who visit Arizona often fall in love with Arizona and plot ways they can come to work here or bring their businesses,” said Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “It’s a gateway opportunity to sell the state of Arizona.”

Because the business community recognizes the importance of both visitors and tourists who become permanent residents, they work to bring major events such as the Super Bowl to the state. Hamer calls it a “showcase for our state.” In addition, the Super Bowl generated $500 million in economic impact in 2008. He expects the number to be at least that much when the Super Bowl returns to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale in 2015.

The business community also supports sports tourism in general, including spring training baseball, college football bowl games, the baseball All-Star game in July 2011, the NBA All-Star game in 2009, and amateur events such as marathons, triathlons, bicycle tours and student sports meets. And it pushed for the 2008 expansion of the Phoenix Convention Center, now one of the top 20 such venues in the nation.

“Our convention business is an important part of our tourism economic engine,” Hamer said.

Unlike other industries such as manufacturing and technology, Hamer said, much of the tourism industry can’t be automated or outsourced. And thanks to the state’s natural and man-made attractions, it appears to be an industry that’s sustainable.

“Arizona as a whole relied so much on construction,” said Heather Ainardi, director of the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau, “and in the next 10 years, tourism is going to be one of the drivers of Arizona’s economy.”

Arizona tourism industry: Economic impact of major winter Valley events

College football bowl games
(Fiesta Bowl, BCS national title game and Insight Bowl)

Economic impact: $354.6 million in 2010-11
2010-11 attendance: nearly 200,000 at all three games

P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Economic impact: $59 million
2011 attendance: about 30,000 runners

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Economic impact: $52-58 million
2011 attendance: about 250,000

Cactus League baseball

Economic impact: $360 million
2011 attendance: More than 1.47 million

Waste Management Phoenix Open

Economic impact: $180 million (estimated from 2008, when attendance was 538,356)
2011 attendance: 365,062 (event impacted due to weather)

Arizona Business Magazine January/February 2012