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Venue selection is a major factor in the overall success of your event. It might seem like a bewildering task to choose the right venue, however most can be broadly grouped into the following categories, so it becomes much easier to pick the right one for your meeting or event.

UPSCALE RESORTS As the “Resort Capital of the Southwest” the Valley of the Sun doesn’t have any shortage of luxury resort options to meet your every unique event need. From grand ballrooms to private boardrooms to outdoor spaces, resorts offer a large range of meeting venues in addition to on-site accommodations. The latest trend in resort meetings is “active” programs which are particularly well-suited to Arizona. Great year-round sunny, dry weather ensures hassle-free planning. Depending on your group’s level of interest and fitness, other active events could include desert hikes, cattle drives, “glow in the dark” golf contests or cooking classes.


When looking for a meeting space that is centrally located near attractions and varied accommodations, a state-of-the-art convention center may be just what you need. The Phoenix Convention Center offers more than 900,000 square feet of meeting and event space and more than two million in total square footage, making it one of the top 20 convention venues in the United States. Thousands of images of Arizona from cultural, historic and geographic points of view are combined with indigenous materials, stones and native metals to form its unique design. Every detail – from colors and textures to lighting, angles and entrances – inspires guests to explore the marvels of Arizona. Mesa Convention Center offers 15,000 square feet of exhibit area and an additional 25,000 square feet of meeting space in addition to the outdoor Mesa Amphitheatre which offers festival seating for 4,200 on curved grass.


Arizona offers a remarkable setting that you can’t find anywhere else – the Sonoran Desert. Nothing is more quintessential Arizona than a purple desert sunset on an outdoor cowboy cookout. Rockin’ R Ranch is a wild west venue accommodating groups up to 1,000 in an air-conditioned dinner theater or outside in their | 21

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western towns. With 125-year-old history, you’ll enjoy gunfights, gold panning and great western dance and stage shows along with chuck wagon suppers.

PURPOSE-BUILT VENUES The Venue Scottsdale combines private event space and an open to the public Lounge. From evening drinks with friends, to entertaining 100 or 1,300 guests for a special event, corporate meeting, wedding, expo or live entertainment party, The Venue Scottsdale offers every aspect of a planned event and access to a network of vendors. Opening in February 2015, The Venue Scottsdale will reveal 6,800 square feet of newly added space that is open to the public, V² = Virtue & Vice Lounge. V2 will offer specialty drinks and small plates with views of the Scottsdale skyline from the third-floor rooftop space, and will also be available for smaller private events.


Arizona’s cultural venues offer settings that attendees are unlikely to forget. Culture cravers will seek out Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s one-time winter retreat, and Cosanti, the workshop of futurist Paolo Soleri. Delve into the region’s flora with an event in the Desert Botanical Garden’s open pavilions or scenic courtyards. The Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park is centrally located near downtown Tempe and offers numerous spaces for events all set against a colorful backdrop of Arizona History.

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