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.


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