by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 01, 2018

Local Update

• City Park,
 a retail-restaurant-office complex under development in Tucson's downtown district, is slated to open in mid-2018. The complex  will house a food hall; an entertainment venue with a bowling alley, a pinball arcade, a bar and private event space; and a 2,600-square-foot deck for outdoor gatherings.

 A 125-room hotel will built at the Tucson Convention Center. Caliber Development will serve as development manager and design/builder for the property; groundbreaking will take place in late 2018.

 The 136-room AC Hotel Tucson Downtown is the first new hotel to open in downtown Tucson in more than 40 years. The property includes four meeting and event rooms, a rooftop pool and poolside bar, a restaurant and a fitness center.

 The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort has completed a multimillion-dollar facelift of its 428 guest rooms and public spaces. Among the improvements are the redesign of the main Desert Springs Oasis pool, which is now outfitted with cabanas, a larger deck with additional sunning areas, and several outdoor fire pits. The property has approximately 100,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, including an 11,000-square-foot, IACC-approved executive conference center.

 Rancho de la Osa, a historic ranch that includes 19 guest rooms and a vintage Spanish hacienda, reopened last year following a restoration project. The property is one of the oldest in the state, dating from the 1700s.

 Topgolf has come to Tucson: The 53,000-square-foot golf/entertainment venue provides 1,500 square feet of private event space and 72 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players each at a time, along with a restaurant and a bar.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 610-room JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 487-room Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 428-room Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort and 398-room Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Convention Center: Tucson Convention Center; exhibit space, 148,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, eight; (520) 791-4101

Airport Transit: Tucson International Airport, about eight miles south of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $25

Taxes: Hotels within Tucson city limits: room tax, 12.05%; sales tax, 9.1%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.05% plus a $4 per night surcharge (recently increased from $2). Hotels outside Tucson city limits, but within Pima County: room tax, 12.05%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.05%

Contact: Visit Tucson, (800) 638-8350