Scottsdale Is the Host With the Most
With more than 330 days of annual sunshine, more than 70 hotels and resorts to choose from, and a slew of team-building adventures, groups leave this world-class destination feeling refreshed and inspired. Plus, complimentary services provided by the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau save planners time and money, and make meetings shine no matter the budget.
Getting Here & Getting Started
Located just 10 miles from downtown Scottsdale, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers daily flights to 100+ domestic and international destinations on 16 airlines – including nonstop service to and from Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, and Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. VIPs often opt for the private jet-in/jet-out convenience of Scottsdale Airport , while Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport serves as an affordable alternative.
New Resort Roundup
Scottsdale has not undergone a major wave of hotel construction since the 2008 recession. But in 2016, that changed, with three new hotels within 3 miles of one another touting opening dates this year, next year and in 2018.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa will be the first of its kind in the Sonoran Desert, highlighting some of the region’s most celebrated artists in its mid-century desert design. Camelback Mountain provides an iconic backdrop to the resort’s 201 bungalow-style rooms and 20,000+ square feet of event space. Opening November 2016
Mountain Shadows set the bar for luxury when it first opened in 1959 and a complete rebuild (from the same company behind local favorites Hotel Valley Ho and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain) is restoring the Scottsdale beauty. The new property will feature 183 rooms, 37,500 square feet of meeting space and a redesign of neighboring Mountain Shadows Golf Club. Opening early 2017
Top-tier service, sweeping Camelback Mountain views, and a sleek vibe – it’s all coming to Scottsdale at Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, along with 200 rooms, 94 villas and North America’s longest pool, measuring more than 400 feet. Restaurants, ballrooms and meeting spots will take advantage of near-perfect temps and feature Zen-like flow into the outdoors. Opening late 2018
In Other Resort News…
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s new Spa House offers groups a private fitness studio, pool, sauna and tennis court, plus restoring meditation retreats; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has 100 new rooms, a revamped 35,000-square-foot Sunset Lawn and expanded 1800s Western town; Boulders Resort & Spa added a 5,500-square-foot Southwestern-inspired Latilla Ballroom and renovated 160 of its plush casitas; A top-to-bottom $10 million renovation transformed the 40-year-old Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel into a vibrant, hacienda-inspired Southwestern getaway with 326 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate groups of 10 to 1,200 people. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa brings island life to the desert with its new Tommy Bahama Relaxation Reef.
Off-Property and Offbeat
While Scottsdale’s diverse range of properties are sure to please, these offsite venues will further amp up your group’s itinerary.
Bringing to life the stories of notable pioneers, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West highlights the optimism and courage of the 19 most Western states, and features an auditorium with an adjacent sculptural garden for events between 25 and 1,000 attendees. Opened January 2015
The Venue Scottsdale is 33,000 square feet of refreshed downtown digs with a cobblestone courtyard, retractable roof, bird’s-eye lounge and rooftop bar boasting sweeping city views. The multi-level spot is perfect for any occasion and any style. Completed spring 2015
From cocktail receptions to corporate gatherings, OdySea Aquarium’s 200,000 square feet of interactive tunnels and tanks surround meeting spaces with fascinating sea life from around the world, including slinking sharks and parading penguins. Opened fall 2016
Stacking The Itinerary
Every group outing needs a theme, and Scottsdale is stacked with itinerary ideas sure to thrill.
Wildin’ Out In the West
Horseback trail rides at Fort McDowell Adventures zig-and-zag through 25,000 acres of blossoming Sonoran Desert; Single or multi-day excursions at Arizona Cowboy College teach riding, roping and penning.
Meetings With HeART
Outings led by Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours take admirers and experts alike through some of the city’s most significant landmarks, including mid-century movie-star haunt Hotel Valley Ho and under-the-radar artists’ compound Cattle Track.
By Land Or Water
360 Adventures’ Canyoneeringtrips grant access to Arizona’s most hard-to-reach natural marvels; Kayaking the Lower Salt River with Arizona Outback Adventures comes with glimpses of bald eagles and wild horses.
Putting Petal To The Metal
Off-roading romps are expert-led with Stellar Adventures and Pink Adventure Tours; Green Zebra Adventures, Bondurant Racing School and Octane Raceway put attendees behind the wheel for a self-driven rush.
Teeing Up For Success
At TopGolf Riverwalk, teams test their driving skills on a 215-yard range while bonding over burgers and brews; TOUR Academy at TPC Scottsdale, Talking Stick Golf Club and Kierland Golf Club offer group tourneys, club fittings or pro-guided lessons.
Wining, dining and cocktailing with Arizona Food Tours or Taste It Tours means ample sips and samples at many of downtown’s noteworthy eateries; Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale is all about indulging in the city’s sweet side.