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AzLTA honors 'Stars of the Industry'

The shining stars of the hospitality and tourism industry were celebrated at the annual Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association’s (AzLTA) Stars of the Industry awards luncheon, held last week at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.

The Stars of the Industry award was created more than 40 years ago by the American Hotel & Lodging Association to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry. While the categories have evolved over the years, the concept is still the same: to honor lodging and tourism employees who best symbolize the quality service of the industry.

The 2013 Stars of the Industry Winners

Outstanding Employee of the Year: Jarrod Voeller, Door Captain, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Outstanding Manager of the Year: Michael Cairns, Executive Chef and Director of F&B, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Kim Cole, Director of Public Relations, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Robin Younger, Director of Housekeeping, Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Eddie Zrimsek, Assistant Spa Director, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Small Property: Dusty Cox, Server, The Hotel Congress

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Large Property: Peter Genovese, In-room Dining and Pool Server, The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Small Property: Jason Kennedy, Bellman, The Boulders

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Large Property; Otto Valdez, Guest Services Supervisor, Tempe Mission Palms

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Small Property: Lucas Alonzo, Houseperson, Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Large Property: Nilda Staniscia, Uniform Attendant and Seamstress, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Property Achievement awards in five categories were also announced at the event. These awards highlight programs that showcase the involvement of multiple employees and departments which go above and beyond to build a better community internally and externally.

Community Service: Arizona Biltmore

Guest Relations, Lodging: The Boulders, “True Waldorf Committee”

Guest Relations, Tourism: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, “The Navigator Program”

Special Event, One Time: W Scottsdale, “CHILL”

Special Event, Ongoing: The Phoenician, “Discover the Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe and Friends”

Special Event Ongoing, Tourism: Phoenix Chapter of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association, “Chinese Auction”

Good Earthkeeping Award: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

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SECOND ANNUAL AZ WINE & DINE SIZZLES IN SCOTTSDALE THIS SPRING

The Valley’s stars of the culinary scene will gather for a high-energy celebration of food and wine at the second annual AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, to be held at the hip, urban setting of Scottsdale Quarter on April 4, 2013.

AZ Wine & Dine night imageAZ Wine & Dine targets executive foodies and is designed to highlight the distinct variety of culinary outlets at Arizona hotels and resorts, as well as showcase several Scottsdale Quarter restaurants and a wide variety of wines and craft beers. Additionally, much of the proceeds benefit the educational efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.

The lush and luxe setting of Scottsdale Quarter provides the perfect setting for attendees to experience culinary delights from hotel and resort participants including: The Phoenician, The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, T. Cook’s at Royal Palms, Westin Kierland, Montelucia, TK’s Urban Tavern, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar and many more.

AZ Wine & Dine dusk image“It is important for us to produce a culinary event where local foodies and business executives can be a tourist in their own town, enjoying samples from top resorts and restaurants in a fun and festive atmosphere,” said Arizona Lodging & Tourism President & CEO Debbie Johnson. “AZ Wine & Dine’s inaugural year sold out, so it’s clear that the Valley’s finest chefs combined with this venue is a recipe for success.”

AZ Wine & Dine will feature 20 booths offering culinary samples paired with fine wines and craft beers, live music from the Shining Star Band and a silent auction with amazing deals on vacation getaways and gift certificates from Scottsdale Quarter’s eclectically rich mix of specialty shops.

When: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm.

Where: Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale Road and Greenway)

Tickets: $75 in advance; $100 day of the event (includes all food and beverage)

Advance purchase is strongly recommended as the event sold out last year.

*No one under 21 years of age will be admitted. AZ Wine & Dine will be held rain or shine.

AZWineandDine.com, Twitter: @azwineanddine, Facebook: AZ Wine & Dine

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ASBA addresses issues facing small business in 2013

January 7, 2013 – The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) will offer a forum for Arizona small business owners and supporters of the small business community to discuss the critical issues facing small businesses this year at the 2013 Small Business Outlook.  ASBA’s annual event will be highlighted by a panel of industry leaders who will delve into important topics such as public policy, sales tax, healthcare in Arizona and access to capital.  The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 17at The Phoenician in Scottsdale.

Panelists for the 2013 Small Business Outlook include:

  • Jerry Bustamante, Senior V.P. of Public Policy + Southern Arizona, ASBA
  • Michael Hunter, Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Advisor on Tax Policy & Reform, Office of the Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer
  • Don Hughes, Policy Advisor for Health Care, Office of the Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer
  • Craig Jordan, Lender Relations Specialist, Arizona District Office
  • John Oates, Head of State Government Affairs, Cigna

Rick Murray, CEO of ASBA, states, “At our Small Business Outlook, our expert panel will explore the main issues expected to rule the headlines and dominate the dialogue this year.”

One such topic is public policy. Panelist Jerry Bustamante, senior vice president of public policy for ASBA, will discuss why he predicts there will be more cooperation across party lines. He comments, “We are entering Arizona’s Legislative session with more clarity this year, in comparison to the many questions left unanswered at this time last year.”

Michael Hunter, director of legislative affairs and special advisor on tax policy and reform for the Office of the Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer, can explain, for example, how the Fiscal Cliff being averted affects Arizonans and what the new tax bill means to small business owners. Also from the Office of the Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer, Don Hughes, policy advisor for health care, can speak about new health care policies.

Cigna Head of State Government Affairs John Oates will discuss health care policy as well. He is responsible for legislative and regulatory advocacy in the states, and formerly served as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, a health policy analyst in the Texas Senate, a health policy advisor in the Governor’s office and as the Committee Director for the Senate Health Services.

Arizona District Office Lender Relations Specialist Craig Jordan will cover the topic of access to capital. Jordan will comment on the Small Business Association’s role in providing capital access to small businesses, loan production information, and the enhancements to programs and loan programs that currently exist.

The 2013 Small Business Outlook will commence at 7:30am and conclude at 10:00am on Thursday, Jan. 17.  The Phoenician is located at 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. To register for the event, please visit asba.com/outlook or call (602) 306-4000.

The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is the largest trade association in the state representing 11,000+ member businesses, and over ½ million employees in all 15 counties. ASBA members enjoy access to significant group discounts, countless opportunities to do business with each other, a wide array of insurance products, and active advocacy efforts on public policy issues to protect their businesses. Discover more at www.asba.com or by calling 602.306.4000 or 520.327.0222. Join ASBA. Be amAZed®

Glamping, Photo: Wolwedans

Worldwide Trend, Glamping, Arrives To Scottsdale

When one thinks of camping, the phrase “roughing it” typically comes to mind. Flashbacks of faulty supplies, mystery food, bug attacks and the process of “using nature as your bathroom,” tend to prevent people from giving camping a second chance. However, a new trend has emerged that not only accommodate all of your camping needs, but also your luxury needs. and luxury needs. Ladies, meet glamping.

Glamping, originating from such exotic destinations as Africa and Thailand, is a more luxurious way to enjoy the great outdoors by providing glamorous amenities and services. Tents, for example, are often built with an electrical power source, offering appliances, lighting and climate control for guests. As if that isn’t luxurious enough, ditch your sleeping bag and upgrade to either an air mattress or king-sized spring mattress, sheathed in Egyptian cotton sheets. The best part? Camp is set up prior to your arrival, so all that’s left for you to do is to simply enjoy.

The royal treatment doesn’t stop there; full-course meals, laundered clothing, comfortable transportation and on-location spas come standard. Don’t let all this glitz fool you, though; glamping is very much about enjoying and respecting nature. Guests will still embark on river rafting adventures, safaris, go rock climbing and spelunking. The biggest difference being at the end of the day, instead of coming home to a crooked, wet tent, a wait staff and a toasty fire will greet you. Do we have your attention yet?

As this fad’s popularity soars, several resorts and outdoor adventure groups offer glamping escapades, as well as the chance to design your own custom camping adventure. And this includes local Arizona Outback Adventures, which offers a large variety of outdoor adventures, supplying meals and snacks, transportation and all of your camping supplies. Another local option is The Phoenician, a luxury resort and hotel in Scottsdale, which offers its own interpretation of glamping, per request.

“Here at The Phoenician, we can create a glamping experience by providing such luxurious offerings as AAA Five Diamond accommodations, award-winning restaurants and a world-renowned spa (The Centre for Well-Being), all combined with a variety of outdoor endeavors,” says Denise Seomin, director of public relations for The Phoenician.

“The Centre for Well-Being actually offers guided hikes at Camelback Mountain,” she adds. “The resort also has bikes available to guests to explore the 250-acre grounds, or nearby communities. In addition, the concierge staff can arrange a diverse number of active pursuits to add to the glamping trip, from horseback riding to river rafting.”

If your glamping craving takes you beyond the limits of Arizona, Seomin suggests you do plenty of research online and consider seeking assistance from a travel agent.

“Its all depends on the exact type or style of glamping trip in which the travelers are interested,” Seomin says. “Glamping, or the degree of such travel, is really at the discretion of the individuals, who can truly customize the experience to meet their expectations.”

Overall, if you’re interested in pursuing outdoor activities without sacrificing comfort and present-day amenities, glamping is screaming your name.

For more information about glamping at/with The Phoenician or Arizona Outback Adventures, visit thephoenician.com or aoa-adventures.com, respectively.


Glamping at the Phoenician

“Glamping” Photo Shoot Special Thanks To:

Location: The Phoenician in Scottsdale
Clothes and shoes: Barneys, Scottsdale Fashion Square
Jewelry: Hearts, Hearts.com
Makeup: Mozaik Skin & Body
Hair: Lindsay Cohen, All Done Up!
Models: Emily, Kristin and Nicole
Photographers: Cory Bergquist and Glory Shim

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Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012

The Phoenician resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert, with the breathtaking Camelback Mountain its backdrop. Photo: The Phoenician

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

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

Scottsdale Accommodations, Large: 300 or more rooms

 

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.


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.


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

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


Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E. Princess Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 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).


Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 948-1700
camelbackinn.com
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.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 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