by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 01, 2013
Native Setting
Heard Museum

The Heard Museum in Phoenix has one of the most extensive collections of art and artifacts of Native Americans in the U.S. The spacious downtown venue can host events for up to 300 guests. (602) 252-8848;  

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Local Update
The Vee Quiva Casino, owned by the Gila River Indian Community, currently is under construction. The venue, set to open later this year, will include a casino spanning approximately 70,000 square feet with more than 900 slot machines, 50 table games, a 750-seat bingo hall and a 90-room hotel with 3,000 square feet of event space.

The PHX Sky Train, which connects Sky Harbor International Airport's Terminal 4 to the regional Metro light-rail system at the intersection of 44th and Washington Streets in downtown Phoenix, debuted in April. The automated, electrically powered train runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By early 2015, the PHX Sky Train will serve all of the terminals at Sky Harbor.

Meeting Hotels
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.

To find more hotels and send RFPs, go to

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

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

Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 8.27%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.27%

Group Venue
The Orpheum Theatre, a former movie palace built in 1929 and home of an original Wurlitzer pipe organ, seats 1,364 and is available for private functions. (602) 534-5600;

The Greater Phoe­nix Convention & Visi­tors Bureau, (602) 254-6500 or (877) 225-5749;