by Lisa Grimaldi | April 01, 2010

Phoenix
Local Update:  The Greater Phoenix Convention
& Visitors Bureau's website, visitphoenix.com, debuted a new look in February. Among the enhancements are special pages for meeting planners. Also new: a mobile website, m.visitphoenix.com, for BlackBerry and iPhone users.

Last December, the Phoenix City Council approved plans for the development of a 280-room Westin hotel in downtown Phoenix; construction will begin in 2011.

The 520-room Wyndham Phoenix will be reflagged as a Marriott Renaissance. After a revamp, rebranding is set to take place sometime in 2011.

The Hyatt Regency Phoenix has completed a $15 million makeover of its 712 guest rooms and 48,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa's newest restaurant is Frank & Albert's, named for the resort's architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and Albert C. McArthur. The eatery has a private dining room that seats 10.

Meeting Hotels: Properties in Phoenix include the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 740-room Arizona Grand Resort, 739-room Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 712-room Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 584-room Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and 563-room Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. For a complete listing, go to mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Convention Center: Phoenix Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 872,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 109; (602) 262-6225; phoenix.gov/phxpccd.html

Airport Transit: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 3 miles east of downtown Phoenix. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$20; by shuttle, $12

Taxes: Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 7.27%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.27%

CVB Services: Greater Phoe­nix Convention & Visitors Bureau, (602) 254-6500 or (877) 225-5749; visitphoenix.com