Easy air access, wide-open spaces, and endless sun-kissed skies aren’t the only reasons to meet in this Southern California resort oasis. Here are a few others that just might surprise you.
Easy Air Access. SmarterTravel.com named Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) one of its 10 Most Stress-Free Airports in America, and for good reason—with open-air walkways, lushly landscaped courtyards, and fewer crowds, PSP is far from frenzied. The airport now offers 12 airlines flying nonstop to 30+ destinations and connecting to more than 500 destinations worldwide. New nonstop flights this year make it even easier to enjoy a sunny Southern California winter. Whether you’re flying in to PSP or catching Interstate 10 from Southern California and neighboring states, getting here is a breeze.
Unique Venues & Outdoor Meeting Spaces. Let Mother Nature host your next meeting. Wide-open spaces, breathtaking scenery, and warm weather year-round make Greater Palm Springs the perfect setting for alfresco events and activities. Plus, many hotels and resorts feature expansive patios, courtyards, and grassy lawns so groups can get down to business outside the board room. Imagine socially distanced yoga breaks beneath swaying palm trees or brainstorming sessions by the pool. Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of Greater Palm Springs’ unique meeting venues in the original video series “Find Your Meeting Oasis.”
Reimagined Accommodations and Renovations. Several new properties and exciting hotel renovations are breathing new life into Greater Palm Springs meetings. Tap into more than $100 million of fresh and revitalized hospitality amenities, including the new island-meets-midcentury Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa, which is currently undergoing a $15 million renovation with expanded outdoor areas for live entertainment and events, or Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, where a $9 million property-wide transformation includes new outdoor dining and gathering space, plus 11 acres of olive trees and citrus groves.
Wide-Open Spaces and Off-the-Grid Activities. Surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains and sweeping desert landscape, Greater Palm Springs offers plenty of room to roam before or after your meeting. Add a little adrenaline to the agenda with a group outing at the revved-up BMW Performance Center West, where attendees can race around a track in the latest M cars. Go galactic with an out-of-this-world stargazing trek in Joshua Tree National Park. Or gain new perspectives by straddling the San Andreas Fault on a footbridge.
New Attractions and Experiences. With several developments on the horizon, our destination is always offering something new for groups. One of the biggest additions coming soon is the Acrisure Arena, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue that will be home to the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL) franchise — the Coachella Valley Firebirds — and host concerts and events. And the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens continues to evolve and expand their wonderfully wild and immersive spaces for meetings and events, recently welcoming two black rhinos to its new 4-acre Rhino Savanna habitat.
Thriving Arts & Culture Scene. There’s plenty to do and see year-round for attendees with a creative streak. Consider Greater Palm Springs’ world-class museums and art galleries, not to mention the treasure trove of midcentury modern architecture. Book a private group tour to learn more about these Desert Modernist gems or rent a bike and cycle through some of the historic Palm Springs neighborhoods. You’ll also find dozens of beautiful murals, like the Coachella Walls, and public art installations throughout each of the destination’s nine cities.
Healing Health & Wellness Experiences. Long regarded as a mecca for wellness beginning with the sacred hot spring used by the Cahuilla Indians for thousands of years, Greater Palm Springs continues to be a place of healing and natural beauty, offering groups a chance to reconnect with nature, decompress, and recharge. Whether it’s soaking in natural hot mineral springs or unwinding at one of the destination’s lavish spas, attendees will find countless ways to find their balance and boost energy, even on work days. Several hotels and venues make sustainable, thoughtful food and beverage options a priority, whether it’s using locally sourced ingredients for your evening reception or setting up juice bars in breakout spaces.
Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge. In Greater Palm Springs, safer—and sunnier—meetings are always on the agenda. More than 500 hotels, resorts, restaurants, attractions, venues, and businesses have taken a destination-wide pledge to uphold the latest health and safety standards established by the State of California and leading industry associations so your attendees can relax, meet with peace of mind, and feel confident that Greater Palm Springs remains a healthy, positive, and inclusive destination for all.
Year-Round Destination. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect destination in any season. Winter highs reach the 70s, while spring and fall temperatures hover in the 80s. Even summer is pure bliss. Simply schedule indoor day sessions, break for a pool party with umbrella drinks, and then reconvene for alfresco dining affairs blanketed by stars. You can even hop aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which climbs all the way to the 8,516-foot Mountain Station, where temperatures are usually 30 to 40 degrees cooler.