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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 over 13,500 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 Old Town'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.)
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 246,000, 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
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Scottsdale’s arid climate consists of warm winters and hot, extended summers that start out dry and end with mild precipitation. You’ll find the sun shines approximately 330 days a year here with very minimal rainfall in isolated months throughout the year.
Dry Summer (May 1 – June 30)
Average High/Low: 99°F (37°C)/ 68°F (20°C)
The first of the desert’s two distinct summer seasons brings an abundance of daytime sunshine, balmy evenings, very low humidity and little to no precipitation. The high stays right around 100 degrees throughout the day with just a slight dip in temperature when the sun goes down.
Wet Summer (July 1 – Sept. 15)
Average High/Low: 103°F (39°C) / 78°F (26°C)
Weather: Daily temperatures during the summer typically exceed 100 degrees. The desert’s wet summer contrasts high daytime temperatures and mild to moderate humidity with a chance of cooling afternoon thunderstorms drawn up from the Gulf of Mexico by monsoon winds.
Fall (Sept. 16 – Nov. 30)
Average High/Low: 87°F (31°C)/ 61°F (16°C)
Weather: Fall brings an end to the monsoon-driven thunderstorms and boasts clear warm days followed by refreshingly cool evenings. Temperatures can still be warm this time of year, but they drop about 10 degrees each month as fall in Scottsdale progresses.
Winter (Dec. 1 – Feb. 15)
Average High/Low: 68°F (20°C) / 43°F (6°C)
Weather: Sunny mild days and clear brisk nights are the hallmarks of winter in Scottsdale. The average temperature during Scottsdale’s winter months hovers right around 70 degrees. Temperatures can get chilly at night with an average low of 43 degrees.
Spring (Feb. 16 – April 30)
Average High/Low: 77°F (25°C) / 50°F (10°C)
Weather: Spring’s warm, sunny days are perfect for outdoor activities, from desert adventures to al fresco dining.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
The azure skies and purple mountains of Scottsdale, Arizona, provide a dramatic desert backdrop to a superior business destination, the AAA Five DiamondFairmont Scottsdale Princess. The new Palomino Conference Center at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which debuted on November 1, 2012, makes it the largest meetings resort in the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio worldwide boasting 150,000 square feet of event space, two 23,000-square-foot ballrooms, 106,000 square feet of indoor space, 47 meeting rooms, 44,000 square feet of outdoor space and 21 unique outdoor venues. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is frequently listed among the top resorts and spas in the the U.S., as well as playing host to the PGA Tour’s annual Waste Management Phoenix Open. Guests will be surrounded by comfort and inspiration, all at a price that surprises. Simply put, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, you'll find everything imaginable to contribute to your next meeting's success.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located 9 miles southwest of downtown Scottsdale, which means your group is only minutes from the city's finest hotels, resorts and meeting facilities. Recently named "America's Friendliest Airport" by passenger vote and also previously ranked the No. 3 Top U.S. Airport by the Wall Street Journal (2018), Sky Harbor serves more than 40.5 million passengers each year.
Airline carriers serving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Scottsdale Airport (SCF)
Conveniently located nine miles north of downtown Scottsdale and just minutes from world-class resorts, award-winning restaurants and championship golf courses, Scottsdale Airport is the ideal choice for corporate jet travel. This premier airport is one of the nation’s busiest single-runway facilities, recording more than 133,000 takeoffs and landings each year. The airport’s two fixed-base operators, Landmark Aviation and Scottsdale AirCenter, provide superb facilities, outstanding maintenance and impeccable customer service. And thanks to the airport’s new US-VISIT customs service, which features state-of-the-art biometric identification techniques, properly visa’d business travelers from all over the world can now fly into and out of Scottsdale Airport with ease.
The Scottsdale Trolley provides free downtown shuttle service year-round. The trolleys run every 15 minutes Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9:25 p.m.
Valley Metro operates 8 bus routes throughout Scottsdale. Local full fares for one ride are $2.00, and an all-day local full fare is $6.00. Reduced fares are available for students age 6-18, senior citizens over the age of 65, and disabled patrons. The reduced fare is $1 for a single ride and $3 for an all-day pass if purchased on the bus. If purchased in advanced, the local all-day fare would be $4 and the reduced all-day fare is $2.
Adjacent to the airport, the Car Rental Center is the central location for all airport rental car companies. The facility is located at 1805 East Sky Harbor Circle South. Many of Scottsdale's resorts also offer on-property car rental services Van terminal access is as follows:
Terminal 2: North curbside
Terminal 3: South curbside
Terminal 4: Level 1, south curbside at door 8
Shared Ride Van Service is with SuperShuttle, which is contracted at Phoenix Sky Harbor. Vans operate 24 hours on a scheduled basis, with vans departing every 15 minutes from 9 am to 9 pm For the telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), please call (602) 243-7786. Rates are zone based and typically range from $12 to $46 for the first passenger. Each additional passenger per reservation is $8 regardless of zone. ADA equipped vans are available by request.
Taxi access from Sky Harbor Airport is available at the following locations:
Terminal 2: East outside door 8
Terminal 3: North curb, outside door 7
Terminal 4: Level 1, north curb, outside door 7 and south curb, outside door 6
Rates remain the same regardless of company, number of passengers and number of bags. The first mile is $5. Each additional mile is $2.30. Each hour of a traffic delay is $23. The minimum fare is $15.
Valley Metro operates the regional transit system out of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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