by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 01, 2013

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;