Monday, September 14, 2015

Scottsdale Meeting Travel News: Summer 2015

We’re so excited, and, heck, we just can’t hide it. In 2017, Scottsdale will boast an all-new resort for meetings-goers to book. In January 2017, Westroc Hospitality, which owns Hotel Valley Ho and manages Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, will open the doors of new resort in a coveted Paradise Valley locale. Hotel at Mountain Shadows will take over the former spot of Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort nestled between Camelback and Mummy mountains. The 180-room, full-service boutique hotel has a lounge, restaurants and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center. Plus, the project includes the redesign of neighboring Mountain Shadows Golf Club. An additional eatery, with a coffee shop and specialty grocery store, will also open on the property. For media information, contact Kristin Heggli at or 480-421-7734.

When you’re planning an off-site adventure in sunny Scottsdale, we just have one request – think pink! Starting in September, Pink Adventure Tours is partnering with Fort McDowell Adventures for an all-new tour that takes groups through the diverse landscape found in the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation near Scottsdale. During the two- or four-hour Cactus Canyon Adventure, experts lead groups on an off-road adventure in hot pink Jeep Wranglers. With sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert and rocky, dry creek beds ahead, meeting-goers will spot majestic Saguaro, expansive ocotillo and pesky jumping cholla cacti while learning about the eco-system, as well as American Indian history and culture. If they’re looking for a lengthier outing, book them on the Sonoran Desert Adventure. After exploring the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, 30,200 acres of untouched, protected land, they’ll stumble across an unexpected sight – water in the desert. Your meeting-goers will cruise along Saguaro Lake in the air-conditioned comfort of the Desert Belle for a 90-minute journey. For media information, contact Mike Hermen at or 928-282-8807.

Drumroll, please! Three of Scottsdale’s luxury resorts are getting multimillion dollar facelifts, and they’re gearing up for the big reveals in the coming months. 

This year, the Boulders Resort & Spa is celebrating a hallmark birthday – 30 years. As a present, this Sonoran Desert hideaway is gifting itself some pampering. In December 2015, Rhode Island-based design firm DiLeonardo will complete a multimillion dollar makeover at the property with new architectural elements and color schemes that embrace the resort’s indigenous inspirations and Old West charm. The 160 casitas with have new furnishings and a palette of earthy desert tones with teal and orange accents, as well as upgraded fixtures in the bathrooms. During you meeting-goers’ next visit this winter, they’ll take in the desert vistas from the refinished patio of their casitas. They’ll admire the 12-million-year old boulder formations through floor-to-ceiling windows while they sip libations from the redesigned bar lounge and chow down on Southwestern cuisine in the newly furnished Palo Verde restaurant. Plus, in December, the revamped Latilla Ballroom will be unveiled and ready for your group’s convention. The floor-to-ceiling windows will showcase the lush Sonoran Desert, and the room will open up to an outdoor patio with an adobe-wood-burning fireplace. For media information, contact Debi Bridges at or 480-306-4242.

Starting in early 2016, corporate execs can book a relaxing retreat at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s newly unveiled Spa House. As a part of a $10 million room overhaul and renovation, the resort will convert one of its private residences, Casa del Sano, into a spa and wellness compound perfect for small groups. The Spa House offers a private workout studio, pool, sauna and tennis court.  It will also host Sanctuary’s Satori Meditation Retreats, coupling yoga, meditation and mindful practices with pampering in Sanctuary Spa. The resort promises an even more luxurious vacation as it debuts the new Camelback Casitas and Camelback Suites in the fall of 2015, marking the property’s first major room overhaul since its opening in 2001. These mountainside rooms overlooking Paradise Valley will boast contemporary, elegant décor, including tile flooring, wood furnishing and light, neutral color palettes. The décor will weave nature-inspired details into the design, with desert-inspired artwork and photography adorning the walls. For media information, contact Alison Bontrager at or 480-607-2321.

During the summers, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess heats up the nights with “techno-glo” pool parties. During the winters, it becomes a winter wonderland decked out in twinkly lights. It would be hard to top all those ample offerings, but the AAA Five Diamond Resort is doing just that. Come summer 2016, the property will boast an additional 102 guest rooms, including three luxury suites, for a whopping total of 750 rooms. The resort’s original architects, Allen + Philp, returned for this major endeavor, which broke ground in June. But the resort isn’t just adding rooms. Next summer, your meetings attendees will dive into the all new Sunset Beach, which at 6,900 square feet will be the largest of the six pools at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The renovation also includes the new Great Lawn, a 35,000-square-foot outdoor space that can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. Bring the Old West to life for receptions and events with the expansion of the Princess’ 1880s Western town, which will be renamed Copper Canyon and feature two saloons, an outdoor stage and dance floor, a blacksmith shop, and a jail. For media information, contact Valerie Lee at or 480-585-2706.

Set in the heart of Scottsdale in the idyllic Scottsdale Civic Center Park, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has hosted a variety of world class performances each year since its opening in 1975. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ is celebrating its 40th season by welcoming acts like comedian Margaret Cho, actor Alan Cumming, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. What are you waiting for? Get your meetings goers out of the conference room and treat them to a spectacular performance at the Center. Or take advantage of the Center’s stunning adobe-inspired design and innovative technology to host your next conference. The state-of-the-art Virginia G. Piper Theater seats 853 people and it has been recognized for its acoustics and comfort. Or book the more intimate Stage 2 for up to 137 guests. Before your meeting’s presentation or lecture, host a reception in the 6,200-square-foot Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium. The atrium’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer guests views of the beautifully landscaped, grassy Scottsdale Civic Center Park. For media information, contact Bill Thompson at or 480-874-4626.

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Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Contacts:
Laura McMurchie, VP of Communications
Direct: 480-429-2253 

Megan Neighbor, Director of Communications
Direct: 480-889-2716

Stephanie Pressler, Communications Manager
Direct: 480-889-2719



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