Each Monday we highlight one of our dynamic members to showcase all the Arizona tourism, lodging and associated industries has to offer for both Arizona residents and visitors alike! Check back in every Monday to learn the latest and greatest from our members.
June 11, 2018
Meet: Mountain Shadows
Mountain Shadows set the benchmark for desert luxury and distinctive design when it first opened in 1959. Now, it’s been completely re-envisioned from the ground up. The brand-new resort is set in the shadow of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, just ten minutes from Downtown Scottsdale. Contemporary design is infused with a dash of the 1950s modernism that the original resort was famous for. Mountain Shadows features 183 guest rooms with a luxury wing with 42 resort condominiums and suites. This summer, Arizona residents enjoy pricing that includes parking, resort fees and luxury accommodations, all for one low price starting from $119 nightly.
Mountain Shadows has something for everyone. Savor American fare that’s delightful in its simplicity at Hearth ’61 restaurant, bar and living room. Head to The Citizens Club for fitness classes, organic drinks from the juice bar and relaxing afternoons poolside. The Short Course offers 18 holes of par-3 golf, with options for both the novice player and the experienced golfer. After a round, visit Rusty’s for grille fare and brews inside or on the patio. Gorgeous desert and mountain views throughout the resort set the tone for a stay that’s relaxing yet invigorating.
June 4, 2018
Meet: Hotel Valley Ho
Hotel Valley Ho defines luxury that is hip and vibrant. They’re different, and proud of it. Hotel Valley Ho is Old Town Scottsdale’s urban resort and spa, just a short walk from hundreds of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Built in 1956 and fully restored, this iconic hideaway honors its past with mid-century-modern style thoughtfully blended with new amenities. Choose from a collection of bright guest rooms with private patios or balconies, whether it’s a playful Studio Guest Room or a posh Tower Suite.
Live a little with handcrafted cocktails in the ZuZu Lounge and seasonal American fare in ZuZu. The table is set at ZuZu for an unforgettable meal. Celebrated Chef Russell LaCasce plates up inventive American fare in the kitchen, while at the bar, we shake things up with crafty cocktails that will entice any palate. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner; you’ll always find fun flavors to satisfy even the most insatiable appetite. Laze poolside at the hip OH Pool Bar + Cabanas, or beautify and detoxify at VH Spa for Vitality + Health. Savor this classic hideaway that’s in the middle of it all.
Each month, Hotel Valley Ho unveils a new Instagrammable “Show Stopper” Shake with a delicious theme and over-the-top ingredients. The June “Show Stopper” Shake is the return of a fan favorite, strawberry. Savor a summery strawberry milkshake at ZuZU topped with a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, four kinds of strawberries (fresh, stewed, freeze-dried and white chocolate covered), strawberry milk crumble, strawberry sauce, whipped cream and angel food cake. #Yum
May 21, 2018
Meet: LionHeart Security Services
LionHeart Security Services (LHSS), is a 100% Veteran-owned and fully independent provider of exceptional security services to an interesting and varied range of clients throughout the world. Representing the very best of values, our name has grown to become the very definition of reliability and dedication among those who recognize the value of excellence at all levels.
From office towers in Phoenix, Arizona to remote villages in West Africa, LHSS provides elite professional services for HOAs, public/private events, executive protection, tactical response, and service from Individuals to small business all the way to national and international brands and corporations.
Our regional office in Guinea and affiliate offices in London, England; Bangkok, Thailand; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and Victoria, Australia are available to you should you need to travel for business or pleasure.
In addition to armed and unarmed uniformed security services in the Phoenix-Metro Market, we also provide superb plain-clothed security personnel, drivers for executive protection and estate security agents.
We currently also provide active-shooter training to corporate environments to ensure personnel are properly trained and know exactly what to do the first 10-seconds an armed Threat enters the property.
Our Regional Office in Conakry, Guinea, is still available to provide security services to our oil, gas, mining, and NGO clients in West Africa.
Training of U.S. Embassy Security Forces in both English and French-speaking African countries is available through our U.S. State Department approved training program.
LHSS prides itself on having a “Hometown Feel”, backed by international experience. We are the most highly trained professional in each of the fields we serve.
May 14, 2018
Meet: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.
America’s Friendliest Airport® is in the midst of more than two billion dollars’ in capital improvements. This includes the modernization of Terminal 3. The first phase, which opened in December 2016, included a larger consolidated security checkpoint to get travelers to their gates faster, new airline ticket counters, an outdoor area, and a Museum Gallery. The second phase includes an all new South Concourse with new shops and award-winning local dining options like Postino and Christopher’s Crush and new shops such as Lolli and Pops and Tech on the Go. This phase is slated to open in late 2018/early 2019. The final phase of the Terminal 3 modernization includes a renovated North Concourse which will feature new passenger amenities as well as additional local retail dining options and nationally-recognized shops. This portion of the project is scheduled for completion in 2020.
In addition, the Airport recently concluded a retail renovation to Terminal 4, which brought in 37 new shops, including local favorites like Roosevelt Row and Bunky Boutique as well as nationally-recognized brands like Tumi, Lucky Break, and two XpresSpa locations. As part of this project, a medical clinic also opened. USCareWays, which is located pre-security in Terminal 4, offers travelers and airport employees a walk-in urgent care option for non-life threatening illnesses, minor injuries, and select onsite prescription needs. The facility is open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is also adding new international air service. Beginning May 18, travelers will be able to fly nonstop from Phoenix to Frankfurt, Germany aboard Condor Airlines. This new service will operate two days a week through September. This is in addition to new nonstop service to Montreal on Air Canada Rouge, additional daily service to London Heathrow on British Airways, and several new domestic routes including boosted service to Amarillo, Aspen, Austin and more.
To learn more about all of the exciting things happening at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, please visit skyharbor.com.
May 7, 2018
Meet: Arizona Grand Resort
Nestled in a private southwestern desert oasis, the resort offers a one-of-a-kind setting at the base of the beautiful South Mountain Preserve. The Grand is Arizona’s only AAA Four Diamond all-suite resort, featuring newly renovated, spacious one and two-bedroom suites. Whether meeting with colleagues or vacationing with friends, gracious service, creative culinary delights, and unique recreational activities await, all in the midst of a tropical escape.
In the fall of 2017, the resort completed a $13 million renovation of all 744 Guest Suites & Villas. The newly transformed resort now features a residential-style look, offering a true “home away from home” experience. Renovation highlights include new hardwood-style flooring, a fresh color palette, new walk-in showers featuring glass partitions, new carpeting and new “soft goods” from bedding to drapery and sheers.
Awarded the Gold Key Award by Meetings & Conventions magazine, the resort hosts an impressive 120,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space with 16 unique outdoor event venues. The state-of-the-art facilities offer a diverse range of meeting room layouts from Executive Conference Suites specifically designed for breakouts and small group events to elegant ballrooms.
Enjoy six on-site dining options, including classic American cuisine at Lobby Grill, authentic Mexican flavors at Aunt Chilada’s and a Wild West experience at Rustler’s Rooste. The resort, spanning nearly 164 acres, is also known for its 20,000-sq. -ft. full-service Athletic Club & Spa, 18- hole champion golf course, six resort-style swimming pools, and its seasonal seven-acre Oasis Water Park.
Join us for the upcoming Mother’s Day Lunch Buffet hosted at The Lobby Grill, or treat Mom with a Mother’s Day special at the Arizona Grand Spa. Moms also play free all day Sunday at the golf course, so schedule a tee time before you head to Lobby Grill for lunch! You can follow The Arizona Grand on Facebook for other upcoming events and specials.
March 19, 2018
Meet: PGA Tour
The PGA TOUR and the state of Arizona have a long-standing history, dating back to 1932 when the Arizona Open debuted at Phoenix Country Club. Since then, not only has the PGA TOUR’s presence in Arizona never wavered, it has grown. The Charles Schwab Cup Championship made its Arizona-debut in 2012 at Desert Mountain Club. Today, the tournament remains in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area, making a move to Phoenix Country Club in 2017.
The Charles Schwab Cup Championship is a 72-hole tournament on PGA TOUR Champions, a membership organization for professional golfers, age 50 and above. The event annually marks the final tournament of the season and is the third and final leg of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, a points-based playoff system used to determine the season-long champion. The field of professional golfers that descend on Phoenix each year consists of the top-36 players on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. In 2017, after three years hosted at Desert Mountain Club, the year-ending event moved to Phoenix Country Club. The Charles Schwab Cup Championship is scheduled to return to Phoenix Country Club November 5-11, 2018.
Since moving from Desert Mountain Club to Phoenix Country Club in 2017, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship has developed new and exciting ways to entertain fans. Thursday through Sunday of tournament week, fans are encouraged to enjoy a number of venues offering first-class views of golf. Visit the Four Peaks Brewery Beer Garden, the Michelob Ultra Pop-Up Bar, or the Taste of Schwab presented by The Vig, which showcases local Phoenix restaurants. Additionally, the tournament is proud to continue offering complimentary tickets and on-course hospitality for all Active Duty Military, Military Reserve, Veterans and their dependents.
The PGA TOUR Champions mission is not only to entertain and inspire its fans, but to generate significant charitable impact in tournament communities. The TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ program returns to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship for the 2018 event, which continues to generate revenue for local charities in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area. The program provides the opportunity for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to sell tournament tickets to benefit their individual organization. 100% of the net proceeds the non-profit sells per ticket, goes directly back to their organization. The tournament looks forward to making further strides in 2018 after generating over $350,000 in charitable contributions in 2017.
PGA TOUR Champions is proud to continue the legacy of professional golf in the Grand Canyon State and looks forward to calling Arizona home for many years to come.
March 5, 2018
Meet: Experience Scottsdale
Experience Scottsdale is the sole organization responsible for marketing the city as a premier travel and meetings destination to national and international leisure visitors, meeting planners, travel agents, tour operators and media. In addition to destination marketing for the City of Scottsdale, Experience Scottsdale also partners with the Town of Paradise Valley and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, representing more than 400 tourism-related businesses in these communities.
When Experience Scottsdale markets the destination, everything from local businesses to public services and citizens win. Attracting more visitors to the area means more money spent on local attractions, hotels, retail and restaurants. Increased visitor demand and spending generates a continuous cycle of positive economic benefits.
Every dollar invested by Experience Scottsdale in marketing and sales directly generates $67 in visitor spending and $3 in local tax revenue for the benefit of Scottsdale residents.
In February, Experience Scottsdale launched a month-long, out-of-home advertising campaign in two of our top markets – New York and Chicago. The Absolutely Scottsdale campaign is on display in New York City inside Penn Station as well as two full blocks near Madison Square Garden in Penn Plaza. In Chicago, Experience Scottsdale wrapped Ogilvie Station as well as Lake Tunnel and Jackson Tunnel. All total, between these two markets, we are posting nearly 400 advertising assets and generating more than 34 million advertising impressions. Plus, ourAbsolutely Scottsdale television commercial is playing simultaneously on broadcast television, grabbing New York City and Chicago residents’ attention even when they’re home.
February 26, 2018
Meet: Maricopa Community Colleges, Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR)
You don’t have to be a hotel or resort to be a member of AzLTA! MCOR provides vital high-impact training and development solutions helping to strengthen and grow the workforce pipeline. Partner with MCOR for in-person training workshops, industry boot camps, organization-wide employee development, online continuing education, or streamline tuition reimbursement programs and access to clock-hour and credit-bearing learning options provided by the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges.
One of our most popular programs is our customized English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Our ESL programs are designed to fit your organization’s unique needs, empowering your employees to be happier and better prepared to communicate effectively, excel in the workplace and provide a positive customer experience to your guests. With a focus on hotel-related terminology, your employees will learn words and phrases that help them become more productive and confident in the workplace and in their everyday lives outside work. Training sessions are delivered at your location for staffing convenience and to allow employees to learn new skills and immediately implement them into the work environment.
MCOR is here to help you increase employee engagement and productive in the workplace. Employee engagement is the top human resource challenge organizations anticipate facing in the next three to five years according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM, 2017). The concern ranked “very important” and topped a list of challenges with 69% of human resources professionals citing it as the top challenge, followed by 63% who noted employee retention. The research further indicates that learning and training influence employee engagement & retention. 1/3 of employees cite training & education opportunities as benefit that would increase engagement (2020 Workforce); Access to professional development opportunities lead to 10% higher retention rate (TinyPulse, 2017); and 21% greater profitably from engaged business units (Gallup, 2017).
Last year alone, MCOR served 2090 participants from nearly 30 organizations, totaling over 1500 training hours. All of these hours lead to greater engagement and productivity in the workplace. Reach out to us today to see how we can help your organization.
February 12, 2018
Meet: AC Hotel Phoenix/Tempe
Spanish roots. European soul. Global mindset. AC Hotels celebrates the beauty of classic modern design born from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan.
AC Hotel Phoenix/Tempe invites you to visit a world that’s timelessly modern with plenty of luxury amenities. Filled with an array of stylish artwork, our hotel reflects the soul of our city. AC Hotel is ideally located just 4 miles south of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) and steps away from the Valley’s finest dining, entertainment and night life. Providing easy access to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue District, our hotel is perfect for the modern business traveler or vacationer.
With hotels across Europe and now in North America, AC Hotels is designed for the creative, well-traveled, entrepreneurial spirits who are constantly on-the-go and who appreciate the oasis of a well-designed hotel that allows them to focus, be present and connect with others.
Make sure to check out our monthly AC Lounge activation for locals and guests offering light bites and signature cocktail samples. Follow AC Hotel Tempe on Facebook for upcoming events.
February 5th, 2018
Meet: University of Phoenix Stadium
Home to the Arizona Cardinals Football Club, the annual Fiesta Bowl, and numerous other sports and entertainment events and activities, University of Phoenix Stadium offers outstanding, unobstructed views for 63,400 fans while also providing exceptional spaces for intimate social and corporate gatherings. In 2017 alone, the stadium hosted 127 events ranging from weddings to Arizona Cardinals Football games, corporate dinners to beer festivals. Not only does the stadium’s ability to host such diverse events provide something for everyone – it has also had an estimated $5 billion economic impact to the state of Arizona since it opened its doors 11 years ago.
2018 is bringing new and exciting improvements and updates to the stadium as well. The Gila River Casino Club Lounges provide event organizers the opportunity to host one-of-a-kind events in a state-of-the-art NFL Stadium, wowing guests and leaving an impression that lasts a lifetime. The Bubble Lounge, the first Champagne Bar in an NFL Stadium, provides an elegant backdrop for social gatherings while new additions such as the Flight Lounge feature wine taps and modern architectural elements. The coming year will also bring a complete remodel of premium event spaces as well as bettering landscaping elements throughout the exterior of the stadium.
With the backdrop of the award-winning University of Phoenix Stadium, the uniqueness resonates in the capacity to scale from mega events, to intimate gatherings without losing a personal touch.
You can learn more about our #MemberMonday feature University of Phoenix Stadium at: www.universityofphoenixstadium.com