by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 01, 2014

Local Update

• The 740-room Arizona Biltmore, a historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landmark in Phoenix, will renovate its guest rooms and public areas. The hotel, which is part of Hilton's Waldorf Astoria brand, has 33 meeting rooms.

• American Airlines has joined US Airways' operation at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's Terminal 4. All of AA's ticketing and check-in, gates and baggage services now operate out of Terminal 4.

• The former Fiesta Resort in Tempe, Ariz., just outside Phoenix, has  reopened as the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe, following a five-month, $3 million refurbishment. The 270-room property offers 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

• The 242-room Hotel Palomar Phoenix has launched a free bicycle program, including maps of suggested tours.

• The 563-room Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort now offers a 100 MG circuit for groups with high bandwidth needs. The property has 48,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels: Phoenix properties include the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 740-room Arizona Biltmore, 712-room Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 643-room The Phoenician, 584-room Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 563-room Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 527-room Renaissance Downtown Phoenix and 242-room Westin Phoenix Downtown.

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Convention Center: Phoe­nix Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 872,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 109; (602) 262-6225 or (800) 282-4842;

Airport Transit: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Air­port, about three miles east of downtown Phoenix. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$20 to downtown; by shuttle, from $12

Taxes: Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 7.27%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.27%

Group Venue: Butterfly Wonderland, a new attraction featuring thousands of the fluttery insects, is near Phoenix/Scottsdale in the Salt River
Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The facility has four event venues; the largest accommodates 193 guests. (480) 800-3000;

Contact: Visit Phoenix, (602) 254-6500 or (877) 225-5749;