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Phoenix theValleyof the Sun MEETING PLANNER’S MECCA

PHOENIX Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona,

the fiſth-largest city in the nation, and the business and financial center of the Southwest. Phoenix has elevated itself to top-

tier status in the convention market. Located less than 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix Convention Center is an ideal venue for conventions of any size. It provides a spacious, high-tech and client-friendly facility that services nearly 85 percent of all convention requirements. Tanks to the debut of the PHX Sky

Train, visitors arriving at Sky Harbor can now travel to downtown Phoenix for $2, in about 20 minutes, without burning an ounce of gasoline. Te Sky Train is an automated train that transports travelers between the airport’s busiest terminal and the nearest light-rail station. Sky Train is free and operates 24 hours a day, arriving at stations about every three minutes. Since January 2009, every major

hotel in downtown Phoenix is either completely new, has been reflagged, or has undergone a massive renovation of its guest rooms and public spaces. Downtown Phoenix now offers eight hotels with more than 3,000 hotel rooms – all within walking distance of the Phoenix Convention Center and surrounded by a range of dining and entertainment options in Phoenix’s

Metro Light Rail

urban core. Sports fans can see the Diamondbacks at Chase Field or the Phoenix Suns or Mercury at U.S. Airways Arena, both bordered by great places to eat before or aſter the game. CityScape, another popular downtown destination, is an eclectic mix of boutiques, eateries, entertainment options and rentable event spaces within easy walking distance of the Convention Center and Light Rail. Downtown caters to those interested

in the arts, with the Herberger Theatre (where you can see off- Broadway to Ballet Arizona), Orpheum Theatre, and Symphony Hall. Also, head to the Arizona Science Center for their hands-on exhibits and the Dorrance Planetarium.

Te Metro Light Rail takes you to

the Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum, both just a couple stops north of downtown. Internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. With a commanding presence on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix, the museum hosts nearly 250,000 visitors a year and “provides Indian artists with a wonderful home that will excite and inspire visitors from around the world,” according to Arizona Highways. Te museum’s 10 spacious exhibit galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art. Te Phoenix Art Museum, at just

over 160,000 square feet, is one of the largest general visual arts institutions in the Southwest, hosting more than a half million people each year. Opening on March 26, 2014, and on view through July 6, Phoenix Art Museum presents the west coast premier of Hollywood Costume, a major multimedia exhibition featuring more than 75 costumes from a century of filmmaking. Many of the costumes have never been displayed outside the walls of secured studio archives and private collections. Tis ticketed exhibition is organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). You can also catch Artlink’s First

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Fridays, on the first Friday evening of every month, where all the art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants stay open late and vendors and street performers entertain crowds on Roosevelt Row and beyond.

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