With sunny skies and a year-round average temperature of 75 degrees, Phoenix is a great choice for meeting planners looking for the right city for their events and conferences. Phoenix is a convention-friendly city that lives up to its reputation. As the major metropolitan city within the fastest-growing county in the U.S., Phoenix offers an exceptional collection of hotels and resorts with more than 27,000 guest rooms and modern meeting facilities. From luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels to dude ranches and other unique sites, you can find the perfect Phoenix event venues for your needs.
The Phoenix Convention Center encompasses 900,000 square feet of rentable space. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is within walking distance of major attractions such as Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena, CityScape, and Roosevelt Row, as well as many shops, restaurants, and bars. Incorporating some leisure around events is not a problem in downtown Phoenix.
There is seldom a cloud in the sky in this desert city, which makes it a favorite meetings destination any time of the year, not to mention a great place to swing a golf club. Known as the golf capital of the world, Phoenix has an abundance of championship golf courses. Phoenix's prime Sonoran Desert location also creates unlimited opportunities for uniquely Southwest outdoor adventures such as horseback riding, hiking, hot-air ballooning, and off-road desert tours in jeeps and Hummers.
Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Phoenix gives visitors plenty of good reasons to wash off the desert dust and dress up for an evening out. Phoenix provides a wide array of cultural and performance sites and stages. The Heard Museum has one of the world's most significant Native American art collections, while the Phoenix Art Museum features 40,000 international works of art that span centuries of time. Performance locations such as Symphony Hall, the nationally ranked Arizona Theater Company, the critically acclaimed ASU Gammage Auditorium, and the Herberger Theater Center host award-winning performances nightly.
Visitors find it easy to get around Phoenix with ample transportation options.
Upon arrival into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, visitors can board the PHX Sky Train® to move between the airport's busiest terminals and the nearest Metro Light Rail station. It is free to use and operates 24/7, arriving at stations every three minutes. The train takes about five minutes to travel from Terminal 4 to the light-rail station at 44th Street and Washington.
Sky Harbor is located only five miles from downtown Phoenix, and arriving passengers can make that trip aboard light rail for $2. With 35 stations in the metro area, and trains arriving every 10 minutes, the light rail moves the masses in a hurry. The 26-mile system carries riders to hotels, restaurants, museums and sports arenas in Phoenix, and also links to the nearby cities of Mesa and Tempe. A one-way ticket costs $2, and an all-day pass is $4. Passes can be purchased at ticketing machines located at each stop.
Alternatively, a taxi or ride-share trip takes under 10 minutes and typically costs $15-20. Taxi fares are metered at a rate of $5 for the first mile and $2.30 for each additional mile. One-way taxi fares from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to downtown Phoenix, approximately three miles, are $15 and up.