by Andrea Doyle | November 07, 2018
One of the reasons the Greater Phoenix area is referred to as the "Valley of the Sun," is its abundance of sunshine and very little rainfall. In total, there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
As a result, most events held in Arizona have an outdoor component. JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., kept that in mind when developing its new Paradise Ballroom, which blends the indoors seamlessly with outdoor spaces. The 453-room resort now has 127,000 square feet of meeting space.

Two new, exciting venues that are turning heads in Tucson are MSA Annex's festival grounds and City Park. "We definitely hear from meeting planners that they want to get out of the ballroom, at least for an evening, to see the city, experience more of Tucson," says Dan Gibson, Visit Tucson's director of communications. "Having MSA Annex and, soon, City Park as places that are set up for groups, but still offer a distinctly local experience in food, drink and vibe makes that so much easier."

In Phoenix, the 119-room Royal Palms Resort and Spa recently added 3,596 square feet of meeting and event space that is incorporated into two new outdoor venues. The resort is set on nine acres just below Camelback Mountain.

Talking Stick Resort and Spa has more than 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space set in both indoor and outdoor event venues. Not only can the resort house a full-scale trade show but an event overlooking Camelback Mountain as well.

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This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Successful Meetings.