by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | December 01, 2003

The Biltmore's distinctive
conference center

In 1929, when the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa opened, Phoenix was a desert dust bowl. Today, the city has become a major meetings destination, and the Biltmore continues to offer guests a luxury experience.
   The 738-room resort recently wrapped up a $32 million renovation of its meetings facilities, including the addition of a 25,000-square-foot ballroom with a mod geometric design that takes a page from Wright’s book.
   In mid-2004, the Phoenix Civic Plaza breaks ground on a $300 million expansion, which will triple exhibit space to 900,000 square feet and add a 1,000-room hotel.
   New downtown draws, including a mix of restaurants, retail shops and  attractions, are in the planning stages.