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Master southwest artists to be showcased

Wigwam Resort will host the 5th Annual Wigwam Festival of Fine Art, an extraordinary three day festival of the arts.

Discover the original works of the Southwest’s most accomplished fine artists and craftsmen displayed in a stunning outdoor gallery located on the majestic front lawn of Arizona’s first and most celebrated resort.

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 9.07.11 AMStarting from the moment guests arrive, the experience will reflect the character and charm of the resort’s original grand entrance when it first opened in 1929. The resort resides over 450 acres of lush landscaped gardens, towering palm walkways and fragrant citrus tree-lined enclaves among numerous floral and rose gardens filled with intimate lounging areas, offering a traditionally unforgettable experience to a time of serenity and life’s simple pleasures.  “I believe you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful venue for an outdoor Festival” said Candy Vermillion, event organizer.

Widely recognized by collectors and art enthusiasts, this event draws award-wining artists from across the Country portraying Western, Native American, and Southwestern subject matter and includes participating members of such prestigious organizations as the Western Artists of America, cCowboys Artists of America, and Southwestern Premier Artists.

Guests will have a rare opportunity to meet and visit with nationally renowned artists, while strolling through the grounds sipping a collection of fine wine and enjoying the enchanting sights and sounds of Native American dancers, storytellers, and musicians.  Performing on the Main Stage will be internationally acclaimed and five time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan with Estun-Bah and the Yellow Bird Dancers.  The Yellow Bird Dancers travel the US and Canada sharing the traditional dances of their tribes. Sharing the stage will be “Lord of the Strings”, Arvel Bird with Many Tribes, One Fire. The beauty of these stirring performances against the backdrop of the legendary Wigwam Resort offers visitors a rare photo opportunity to capture the true Southwest in all its beauty and charm!

Plan your Valentine’s getaway to indulge yourself in elegant art, wine food, and stirring outdoor entertainment, all in a setting that has drawn discriminating visitors to the West Valley for the decades.

Festival highlights and amenities include, wine & cocktail bars, al fresco dining,  fine chocolate made onsite, confectionaries, homemade ice cream,  continuous live music, valet parking, shuttle service, onsite restaurants, and more.image003

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Glendale CVB Rising in the West

Game on!

Cities like Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Surprise, and the other 14 cities that make up the West Valley are capitalizing on the rapid expansion of tourism and hospitality amenities — particularly spring training baseball facilities and other sports-related events — to grab a bigger share of the $18 billion that Arizona’s 37 million annual visitors spend.

As tourism in the West Valley continues to grow, the Glendale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is playing a bigger and more vital role to help drive visitors to West Valley hospitality businesses.

“The region provides the local and out-of-state traveler with an experience like no other,” says Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. “We are home to nine Cactus League spring training teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix International Raceway, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, great outdoor festivals, historic districts in each of our cities, performing arts centers and unique shopping venues. And, of course, you can be an astronaut for the day at our Challenger Space Center.”

Despite this diverse range of attractions, tourism is a relatively new industry in the West Valley. As a result, not every community in the area is equipped to implement independent marketing and promotion initiatives. Glendale CVB organizes and facilitates these initiatives, partnering with more than 100 restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, resorts and hotels, and service organizations.

“We work closely with our hotels — such as the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, Wigwam Resort, Hilton Garden Inn Avondale and many more — to provide lead generation and conference assistance,” Pino says.

Glendale CVB also serves as a liaison to large-scale entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil, which was held at University of Phoenix Stadium this summer, and mammoth events such as the Super Bowl, which will return to Glendale in 2015.

“When the Super Bowl was last held in Glendale in 2008, the Glendale CVB was not yet in existence,” Pino says. “But now that our bureau is in place for the 2015 game, the region will be in a better position to capture a greater share of visitor spending.”

Economists estimate that hosting a Super Bowl has an economic impact of $300 million-$500 million on the region.

“In addition, realizing that this mega event impacts the entire metro area and several destinations statewide, the Glendale CVB will be working with other tourism and hospitality organizations throughout the Valley to ensure that we provide the greatest fan experience possible, and to host the best Super Bowl possible,” Pino says.

By the end of 2012, Glendale will welcome yet another visitor destination when the Tanger Outlets Westgate is completed. The 328,000-square-foot retail development will feature 85 brand-name outlet stores and is expected to bring an additional 5 million-6 million annual visitors to the area.

With economic growth in the West Valley expected to continue its upward trend for years to come, Pino insists that communities must work together to realize the greatest benefit from an increasing number of visitors.

“It’s important that we all work together and pool our resources to achieve economies of scale,” Pino says. “This is the very reason the Glendale CVB came into existence: to serve as a regional organization to promote and showcase the 14 West Valley cities and to bring tourism business to the area. This regional approach is what will be needed for our hospitality businesses to continue to grow.”