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Phoenix, AZ Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 139
Total Sleeping Rooms 23,022
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,000
Committable Meeting Rooms* 125
Convention Center Space 900,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 612,500 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 123,500 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $124
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $179
*Maximum for a single hotel

Phoenix, AZ Meeting Planning Overview

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.

About Phoenix, AZ / Additional Info

Surrounded by three mountain ranges, Phoenix rises out of the starkly beautiful Salt River Valley in Central Arizona. The state capital of Arizona, this impressive city stretches across 500 square miles of the spectacular Sonoran Desert. Since its incorporation in 1881, Phoenix has grown from a town of 3,152 inhabitants to the largest city in the Southwest with more than 1.6 million residents. Phoenix has evolved from its roots as an agricultural and farming community to a thriving economical center that encompasses state government, education, high-tech industries, telecommunications and tourism.

Over the last decade, Phoenix has invested billions of dollars in the revitalization of its downtown core, Copper Square, a broad area covering ninety square blocks. Key projects include the $600 million expansion and renovation of the Phoenix Convention Center and a new light tail commuter system. As a city that has been able to grow upward, not just outward, Phoenix's skyline is filled with many low-rise buildings and several mid-rise towers.

With its bustling, fast-growing economy, the greater Phoenix metro area is the centerpiece of a $50 billion regional marketplace. Phoenix is home to Fortune 500 companies Freeport McMoRan and Petsmart and Fortune 1000 companies including Avnet and Apollo Group. Other company's headquartered in Phoenix are U-Haul International and Best Western hotels, while Motorola, Intel, Honeywell and Boeing have major operations here.

Phoenix's thriving cultural scene includes internationally acclaimed museums such as the Heard Museum of Native America Art, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona Science Center. Phoenix is blessed with award-winning performing arts groups such as the Phoenix Symphony Hall, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona, in addition to performance facilities that bring Broadway musicals and international headliners to town.

As a top year-round tourist destination, Phoenix offers numerous outdoor recreational options from world-class golf and horseback riding to hot-air ballooning, boating and hiking in the Sonoran Desert. Indoors, visitors enjoy shopping, live theater, art galleries, nightlife and top-rated restaurants with some of the best chefs in America.

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