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Phoenix theValleyof the Sun MEETING PLANNER’S MECCA Desert Botanical Garden

SCOTTSDALE Scottsdale’s breathtaking Sonoran

Desert setting stands in rugged contrast to its sophisticated urban lifestyle. When the 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 downtown’s fine art galleries or savor the culinary talents of Scottsdale’s renowned chefs and restaurants. And aſter dinner, the excitement continues with a host of nightlife options ranging from sophisticated wine bars to high-energy night clubs. Scottsdale and the Northeast Valley

specialize in catering to the needs of corporate, incentive, association and special market groups. Several Scottsdale properties are large resorts with meeting facilities of some 64,000 square feet and over 600 rooms, and many Scottsdale properties have recently expanded and enhanced their meeting spaces. Scottsdale is home to more than 25

major resort spas and day spas which pamper their guests with treatments formulated from elements indigenous to the desert such as Arizona river rocks, natural woven fibers from the century plant, Arizona honey, and desert herbs like sage, juniper and sandalwood. When it comes to the definitive spa experience, Scottsdale has it with its abundance of rare treatments that marry the age-old elements of the Sonoran Desert with the modern techniques of healing. Imagine a treatment of Desert Nectar Honey Wrap, Adobe Clay Purification, Arizona Aloe or Kachina Aromatherapy. If you find yourself longing for the

ocean in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, you can also head to one of Scottsdale’s signature resorts or beach clubs to quench your thirst. Ride the waves at Te Westin Kierland Resort & Spa with the $2.4 million Adventure Water Park. Scottsdale is a culinary mecca of some

600 restaurants. Star chefs are drawn here by the area’s resorts and restaurants, and the popularity of fine cuisine is evidenced by a wide variety of themes. Influences of Native American, Latin and Western-style cooking and Asian-fusion meld together for a mouthwatering mélange of choices in dining. No tour of Scottsdale’s arts scene would

be complete without a visit to Taliesin West, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s

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crowning architectural achievements, including a sculpture garden, chapel and working studios. Te Heard Museum North offers an unparalleled collection of Native American art and cultural materials and at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, guests enjoy musical, dance or theater performances. Butterfly Wonderland takes flight

as one of the newest attractions in the Valley with a highly innovative, indoor rainforest environment featuring the largest butterfly pavilion in America. You’ll be welcomed into a magnificent, lush, rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on a friendly visitor’s shoulder or finger.

THE EAST VALLEY Te East Valley’s Tempe, Mesa and

Chandler have migrated from pastoral farming communities to emerge as major players in the high-tech revolution and have thus been coined the “Silicon Desert.” International companies like Motorola and Intel have major complexes in the area with a constant stream of business visitors flowing in and out of the cities. Business accommodations for these visitors are abundant and affordable, and offer easy access to a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping options in these cities. Tempe, home of Arizona State

University, has a solid reputation for progressive thinking and innovation. Boasting the vibrant cultural climate you would expect from a university city and recognized as an All-American City, Tempe offers over 10,000 guest rooms and 85,000 square feet of meeting space. Bordering Phoenix on the west and

SEA LIFE Arizona

Scottsdale on the north, Tempe is less than 10 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. A mix of performing arts, sports and recreation gives Tempe excellent aſter- meeting entertainment options. Discovery and surprise await at Desert

Botanical Garden as the trails are recently filled with an explosion of magnificent colors and shapes. Te garden welcomed artist Dale Chihuly this fall with stunning vibrant works of arts installed throughout the thousands of flora and fauna. Chihuly is credited in elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craſt to fine art. Chihuly in the Garden is available until May 18, 2014. Next door, the Phoenix Zoo is one of

the largest privately-owned, non-profit zoos in the country. Home to more than 1,100 animals including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles, the Zoo always entertains and delights. Te Zoo features meeting and banquet facilities with professional catering and meeting planning. Indoor and outdoor facilities can accommodate 10 - 10,000 for private events. Over 5,000 sea creatures and 30 amazing displays make SEA LIFE Arizona the

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