(Pictured) Tucson's clear skies offer spectacular sunrises, sunsets and out-of-this-world stargazing. Other draws that make this Southwest city a popular spot for meetings and incentives are its gorgeous resorts, desert vistas, great golf, miles of hiking trails and a vibrant downtown.NEWS FLASH•
The 137-room AC Hotel Tucson by Marriott
will open in downtown Tucson in 2017. Among the new property's features will be a fitness center, a rooftop pool and a restaurant.•
A 213-room Tucson Residence Inn by Marriott
is set to debut at Main Gate Square near the University of Arizona. Offerings will include a restaurant, meeting space and a rooftop pool. Stay tuned for an opening date.MILLENNIAL MAGNET
Tucson recently was ranked one of the Top 5 Cities for Millennials
magazine. Among the draws is a revitalized downtown, where a main attraction is the hip Hotel Congress.
Local Update • Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
is undergoing a head-to-toe refresh. The 398-room property has 37,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, nearly 40,000 square feet of outdoor function space, a full-service spa and two heated pools. The multimillion-dollar refurbishment includes upgrades to the guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, fitness center, Lakeside Spa and Flying V Bar & Grill. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2016.
• Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
has completed its expansion. The luxury boutique property, originally built as an exclusive girls' school, added 32 guest rooms (for a new total of 60) designed to reflect the same Santa Fe-style construction of the existing historic structures.
The six new buildings that house the rooms were built in a setting that evokes a village-like atmosphere, with landscaped walking paths that lead to the Terraza Garden Patio, courtyard and swimming pool. •
The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
has finished a $35 million renovation that includes upgrades to all 487 guest rooms, which now feature Westin Heavenly Beds, 42-inch HD TVs and new bathroom amenities. In addition, the property's 60,000 square feet of meeting space sports new carpeting, lighting and upgraded A/V equipment. This month, the resort's Contigo at La Paloma restaurant will debut with a menu featuring signature Latin dishes, including tacos, ceviche, paella and roast suckling pig. • SMG
now manages the Tucson Convention Center, the 8,920-seat Tucson Arena, the 2,289-seat Tucson Music Hall and the 511-seat Tucson Leo Rich Theater.•
The Pima Air & Space Museum
has added a new attraction: an original flight-test Boeing 787 Dreamliner.•
The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar
is now running along a four-mile route that connects five major metropolitan areas via 23 stops, from the University of Arizona through the 4th Avenue Business District and Downtown areas to Mercado.