Scottsdale, AZ Meeting Planning Overview
Welcome to Cvent's Scottsdale meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planner professionals. It's no surprise that this vibrant desert city is a top choice of meeting planners all over the world. With sunny skies and a year-round average temperature of 72.6°F, Scottsdale is a meeting-friendly city that lives up to its international reputation for unparalleled venues, services and amenities.
The city offers meeting planners an amazing variety of world-class facilities at nearly 75 resorts and hotels. Ranging from over-the-top luxurious amenities to cozy, modest lodgings, meeting planners can choose from 14,500 sleeping rooms and an abundance of state-of-the-art meeting space. Some of Scottsdale's larger resort properties like the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa offer more than 700 rooms, while properties such as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offer up to 150,000 square feet of on-site meeting space. Many other unique venues, such as Scottsdale Stadium and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, are available to give guests a true regional experience, making them great options for incorporating local flavor into your Scottsdale meeting planning.
Getting to Scottsdale is a breeze with robust air service offerings at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Scottsdale Airport. Sky Harbor is served by nearly 20 major airlines and offers more than 100 nonstop flights to and from destinations around the world, while Scottsdale Airport provides first-class services and facilities to private jets and charters.
When the day's business concludes, your clients can take a guided hike or Jeep Tour through the McDowell Mountain foothills, enjoy a round of challenging desert golf, browse downtown's fine art galleries or savor the culinary talents of Scottsdale's renowned chefs and restaurants. And after dinner, the excitement continues with a host of nightlife options ranging from sophisticated wine bars to high-energy night clubs. (After all, leisure and fun is a vital part of Scottsdale event planning.)
About Scottsdale, AZ / Additional Info
Nestled in Arizona's beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale began as a small agricultural and ranching community more than a century ago. Today, with a population of approximately 218,000, Scottsdale is part of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Since its humble beginnings, Scottsdale has evolved into one of the nation's most exclusive, upscale cities, and boasts more than 330 days of sunshine annually – the perfect backdrop for activities and adventures of all kinds. Take a look at these facts on Scottsdale’s history and just a few of the characteristics that make the city a unique destination
- Scottsdale is one of the 100 largest cities in the nation and the sixth largest city in Arizona.
- The city's official nickname is the 'West's Most Western Town'.
- Scottsdale's original name was Orangedale.
- The Sonoran Desert in and surrounding Scottsdale is the hottest desert in North America.
- There are more than 200 courses in Scottsdale and the surrounding area.
- The official food of Scottsdale is Chili.
- Scottsdale has been the backdrop of several Hollywood blockbusters; Raising Arizona, Wayne's World and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure were all filmed here.
- Scottsdale stretches 31 miles from north to south and is 184 square miles
- Scottsdale has six sister cities located in Alamos, New Mexico; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; Haikou, China; Marrakech, Morocco; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and Uasin Gishu, Kenya.
- Scottsdale was named the 4th best U.S. city by Businessweek.com in 2011, and Scottsdale was also named the "Most Livable City in the United States" by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1993.
- The saguaro cactuses that fill the Sonoran Desert in and around Scottsdale can live as long as 150-200 years and can weigh over 3,000 pounds when fully hydrated.
- Scottsdale has more spas per capita than any other city in the U.S.