The naming of Phoenix is attributed to Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam people in the Southwestern U.S. and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes.
According to an Arizona tourism official, convention business in Phoenix still is off by 30 percent following last summer's passage of a controversial state law, SB1070,
which requires state and local police to determine the immigration status of those who have been arrested or detained. In all, the state has lost an estimated $10 million in meetings and tourism revenue since the bill was passed into law. A federal lawsuit challenging SB1070 currently is being heard in a U.S. District Court.The Wigwam,
a 331-room resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz., has completed a $7 million renovation. Among the enhancements: a new main pool, an outdoor plaza and the addition of Litchfield's, a restaurant featuring locally grown and sourced fare.
The 242-room Westin Phoenix Downtown
opened in mid-March. The hotel, which occupies nine floors in the 26-floor Freeport McMoRan Center, has approximately 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a WestinWorkout gym and the Province restaurant. The property is the first Westin to feature the brand's new room design.The Phoenician
has debuted its new 15,000-square-foot Camelback Ballroom, which has its own kitchen and 9,000-square-foot outdoor plaza, as well as a dock. The addition gives the resort of total of 120,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The property offers 643
The new luxury boutique Hotel Palomar is set to open in 2012 in the downtown Phoenix area, as part of a new mixed-use development called CityScape. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will operate the 250-room hotel in a 34-story tower at One South Central that also will include 200 luxury residential condominium units.
Properties include the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 740-room Arizona Biltmore, 740-room Arizona Grand Resort, 712-room Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 643-room The Phoenician, 563-room Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 584-room Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and 242-room Westin Phoenix Downtown.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, three miles east of downtown Phoenix. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$20; by shuttle, $12Convention Center
Phoenix Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 872,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 109; (602) 262-6225; phoenix.gov/phxpccd.htmlTaxes
Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 8.27%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.27%
at the Sheraton Wildhorse Pass Resort & Spa, is a must for foodies. Fare at this upscale spot is Native American in spirit and based on locally sourced ingredients. Groups of 16 are welcome. (602) 385-5726; wildhorsepassresort.com
In downtown Phoenix, Lucky Strike,
a new outpost of the hip bowling alley/lounge chain, has a private four-lane suite for groups of up to 20 people; larger parties (of up to 150) also are accommodated. (602) 732-5496; bowlluckystrike.comContact
Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau,
(602) 254-6500 or (877) 225-5749