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.


December 3, 2018

Meet: Balfour Beatty

If you dream it, our people create the culture to bring your vision to life. We are relentless in our desire to leave lasting legacies in the communities where we build. Look no further than the award-winning Mountain Shadows Resort and Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to observe our role in finding solutions for clients leading the way in hospitality construction.

As a top hospitality builder, we have also been entrusted to construct state-of-the-art developments for some of the most luxurious resorts and public venues in the Grand Canyon State that include the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess, Mountain Shadows Resort and Condos, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, the Phoenician, The Boulders, Phoenix International Raceway, the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, Westworld Equestrian Facility and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, ensuring our State remains a robust tourist destination.

With deep roots in diverse markets from hospitality, industrial, office, retail, healthcare, multi-family and municipal, among others, no general contractor is more trusted to deliver throughout Arizona than Balfour Beatty. No matter the size or scope of your dream, you can count on our team to be an exceptional partner and good steward of your heritage and future.

To learn more about your local Balfour Beatty team, visit https://balfourbeattyus.com/phoenix.

November 26, 2018

Meet: Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns 2018-19 season is underway at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. The revamped roster, featuring rising star Devin Booker and 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, ushered in the next chapter of the storied franchise as the team topped the Dallas Mavericks 121-100 in their season opener on Oct. 17.

First year head coach Igor Kokoškov leads one of the most exciting and promising teams in the league as the new-look Suns take on the top players and teams in the NBA this season. To view upcoming matchups and purchase tickets, visit Suns.com/Tickets.

November 19, 2018

Meet: Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa

Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa welcomes corporate and social gatherings, along with leisure travelers with excellent service and thoughtful amenities. Our Arizona getaway mixes classic design with contemporary finishes, where each one of our guests have a truly memorable experience.  At the end of your day, relax in a spacious guest room with plush bedding, mini-refrigerators, laptop safes, ample desk space, and in-room Wi-Fi. In every room and suite, our guests enjoy views of the “Greater Valley of the Sun”, and many benefits from balconies which overlook the Westgate Entertainment District, State Farm Stadium, and the amazing Arizona sunrise or sunsets.  Our Club-level rooms grant access to an exclusive lounge and perks like complimentary breakfast and hors d’oeuvres. Stay in and dine while enjoying a scrumptious meal in our Soleil restaurant, or unwind and entertain guests in Rays lounge.

Our Spa Botanica is your tranquil escape to be able to relax and enjoy one of our many spa treatments.   Take time to pamper yourself while here at a conference or during your vacation. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will create a customized spa experience for you.

Our conference center is an event planner’s dream.  With more than 83,000 square feet of versatile indoor venues and an outdoor courtyard, we offer the ideal space for conventions, trade shows, galas, quinceañeras, weddings and more. Your attendees have the social scene at their fingertips. Westgate Entertainment District, State Farm Stadium, and the Gila River Arena are only steps away, and our hotel’s Navigator can help you uncover the many hidden gems during their stay. Proud to be a part of the Glendale community, we are excited to host all travelers at our amazing hotel.

November 12, 2018

Meet: Visit Tucson

Visit Tucson is a destination marketing organization charged with marketing and selling Tucson and Southern Arizona to leisure travelers, meeting planners, sports and event promoters, travel trade and travel media.

The visitor industry is thriving in metro Tucson with lodging revenue growing from $300 to $400 million in the past three years.

Downtown Tucson’s renaissance, with a new streetcar and numerous nightlife and dining options, has led the way.  Speaking of dining, Tucson was designated three years ago as the United States’ first UNESCO City of Gastronomy for its agricultural heritage.  Today, Tucson features dozens of incredible locally-owned and operated restaurants that are featured in media coverage throughout the world.

Abundant hiking trails and cycling options, including the 128-mile “Loop” around Tucson, are very popular with visitors.  Other top attractions include the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Pima Air & Space Museum, including tours of its accompanying airplane Boneyard, and scenic drives to the 9,300-foot peak of Mt. Lemmon are waiting for you.

To learn more, visit www.visittucson.org!

Upcoming Tucson Events
Nov. 17, 2018 – El Tour de Tucson cycling event
Dec. 29, 2018 – NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Jan. 11-21, 2019 – Tucson Jazz Festival
Feb. 2-17, 2019 – Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

November 5, 2018

Meet: ISM Raceway

This past year, ISM Raceway underwent an impressive $178 million renovation to better serve fans and the community. The raceway’s grand opening will publicly debut its renovations for its fall NASCAR race November 9-11, 2018. The all-new ISM Raceway track focused on improving the fan experience, from new grandstands, to a completely redesigned INfield, relocated Start/Finish Line, new pedestrian tunnel, and more. Your race weekend experience has gotten a major upgrade! All of these improvements were made with your comfort, convenience and entertainment in mind, and ISM is excited to share them with you.

As recent as the 2018 March NASCAR Weekend, the Grandstand seats were benches. Those seats were upgraded from a bench to individual 20″ seats. Better yet, they come equipped with cup holders! The new grandstand also includes individual seating with a combination of 20″ and 21″ seats.

The INfield at ISM Raceway has been entirely reworked, starting with how you get there. Fans will now have convenient access from the DC Solar Power Pavilion near the new Start/Finish Line directly to The INfield. And speaking of The INfield, with five new garages that feature Driver interaction opportunities just for hardcore fans like you. The Pits, the amazing garage access sites, watching your favorite Drivers enter the Driver’s Meeting (and then the opportunity to watch the meeting through glass walls) will be a part of The INfield. And to sweeten the deal, it also will include access to watch Gatorade Victory Lane post-race celebration ceremonies from a fan viewing point.

If all this weren’t enough to make your experience unreal, when your stomach rumbles, new dining areas, including two new concessions sites and a bar, will be there at your service. We’re also made more additions with your safety, and the Driver’s safety, in mind, including a new AMR Care Center, added Guest Services and EMS, as well as new fire support and a tire support structure. Finally, your favorite media members will find a home in the newly constructed Media Center. Winning — all around!

To learn more about ISM Raceway, visit www.ismraceway.com!

October 29, 2018

Meet: HSL Properties, Inc.

HSL Properties, Inc., was co-founded in 1975 by Humberto Lopez and Glenn Toyoshima. Over the past 40 years, HSL has acquired, owned, operated and developed properties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas, and has formed more than 100 limited partnerships and limited liability companies.

HSL is focused on multi-family apartment communities but also invests in office buildings, commercial and hotels. HSL Properties, Inc. is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and is well known for its multi-family housing in the Southwestern United States.

Currently, HSL Properties owns and operates 34 apartment communities, with 29 in Tucson, 5 in Phoenix, 1 in Casa Grande, and 1 in Yuma. This amounts to approximately 10,000 apartment homes/families and over 7 million square feet.

In addition to the apartment business, HSL Properties owns 9 hotels and resorts and nearly 2,000 rooms.  One of HSL’s resorts, The Ritz Carlton – Dove Mountain was just named by Forbes Travel Guide 2018 as one of the Worlds’ Most Luxurious Hotels and World’s Most Luxurious Spas.  The Ritz Carlton – Dove Mountain is the only Forbes Five Star resort in the southwestern United States.

October 22, 2018

Meet: AVMS

Partnering with hotels, resorts and venues from coast to coast, Audio Visual Management Solutions (AVMS) combines innovation and expertise to deliver upon event objectives. When collaborating with AVMS, you are selecting a proven audiovisual provider that creates unforgettable experiences. With our skillful team, you will receive technology with a hospitality approach for every interaction. Since 1999, AVMS has been delivering compelling results for hotel partners, meeting planners and event attendees. Everything we do starts with solid customer communication. Our professional team offers creative solutions specifically designed to maximize event ROI and provide our partners with unmatched value. Whether you select us for an intimate gathering, special function, large convention or long-term partnership, we will ensure service excellence every time, on every event. For more information about AVMS, visit: http://avms.com/.

October 15, 2018

Meet: Topgolf

Through the premium experience of play, food and beverage and music, Topgolf inspires people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. Topgolf recently opened its fourth Arizona location in Glendale, and currently employs nearly 2,000 associates across the state.

Topgolf pioneered a technology to make golf more fun and engaging. It has since emerged as a global sports and entertainment community focused on connecting people in meaningful ways. Today, Topgolf continues to blend technology and entertainment, golfers and non-golfers, children and adults – to create an experience that makes socializing a sport for everyone. No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and beverage, moved by music and made possible through community. Every Topgolf venue features dozens of high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, a chef-inspired menu for year-round deliciousness and hundreds of Associates eager to help create the moments that matter.

Topgolf is truly everyone’s game, with 45 venues entertaining more than 13 million Guests annually, original content shows, next-gen simulator lounges through Topgolf Swing Suite, the global Topgolf Tour competition, pop-up social experiences like Topgolf Crush, Toptracer technology as seen on TV, and the world’s largest digital golf audience. For more information about Topgolf, including corporate sponsorships, hospitality opportunities or to learn about and view exclusive digital content, please visit topgolf.com.

October 8, 2018

Meet: Royal Palms Resort and Spa

One of the most gorgeous and unique resorts in the Valley, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa is on Conde Naste’s list of favorite places in Arizona.  Located at the foot of Camelback Mountain, midway between dynamic Phoenix and energetic Scottsdale, Royal Palms Resort and Spa combines the gracious sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat. Guests enter the resort through a driveway lined with regal palm trees and are greeted by a 250-year-old fountain in the circular porte cochere.

The Royals Palms is also home to T. Cooks, one of the Valley’s favorite dining destinations.  T. Cook’s has received the highest restaurant ratings from both national food critics and local Phoenix, Arizona foodies for its select seasonal dishes, organic specialties and elegant surrounding; creating an experience where guests “choose their adventure” whether it be a classic three course meal or a sampling of tastes and platters amongst the group.

Originally built in 1929 as a summer retreat for Cunard Steamship executive and financier DelosCooke, the private estate was converted to an Inn in 1948. Most recently renovated in 2017, Royal Palms offers 119 custom-appointed casitas, suites, guestrooms and villas. The property has more than 20,000 square feet of estate-like meeting space, Spanish Colonial architecture, meticulous landscaping, and superb culinary offerings. This award-winning resort is the perfect choice for the discerning business and leisure traveler, and the ideal property to host distinctive corporate and incentive meetings and events.

The manor-style architecture and appointments of Royal Palms recall the glamour, hope and confidence of the Post World War II era. Situated on 9 acres filled with magenta bougainvillea, lush flower gardens and exotic plants, each of the Royal Palms’ accommodations are designed and decorated with exquisite care and attention to detail.

October 1, 2018

Meet: Canyon Ranch Tucson

Our first resort spa location and year-round luxury vacation destination is dedicated to transformative wellness. Every stay is custom designed to meet guests’ specific goals and balance mind, body and spirit. The Tucson resort features world-renowned facilities including Health + Healing, Life Enhancement and Spiritual Wellness Centers. There are fitness studios and gyms, a full-service spa, Aquatic Complex, outdoor trails and a High Ropes Challenge Course. We also offer innovative and healthy culinary options with daily cooking demonstrations and workshops.

Join us for Launch Your Best Life, November 25th – December 2nd, 2018. Discover a path that leads you to the healthiest, happiest, most vibrant you and immerse yourself in a 7-day program of transformative wellness. Every Canyon Ranch stay is packed with healthy choices – ELEVATE pulls it all together for you with exclusive curriculum in a private setting. You’ll spend a week with a group of individuals that have the same goal in mind achieving optimal health. The tranquil, self-contained Life Enhancement Center® – complete with gyms, locker room, dining room and classroom – is home base for the ELEVATE program, where you learn, practice and experience the daily routines of healthy living. Experts in life management, spirituality, fitness, medicine, nutrition and movement provide unlimited support and inspiration – and they make sure you take home the best tools for long-term success.

September 10, 2018

Meet: Qwick

Qwick has made finding highly rated food and beverage professionals easy and affordable. Launched in February of this year, Qwick has already partnered with over 2,300 workers and 50 businesses here in Phoenix. This success is in part due to their quality over quantity approach. Every worker is put through an extensive vetting process which includes a 14 point Qwick Certification™. As a result, Qwick workers have an average rating of 4.97 (out of 5) generated directly from the businesses that use them. Their rating system not only ensures quality but also allows for businesses to create their own custom pool of workers that they know and trust. Essentially, an on call list is generated without the hassle of managing it. The other piece to Qwick’s success is their easy to use application. 

Qwick has built a truly innovative web app that allows users to request workers in less than two minutes. The process is simple, log in, request workers, rate them when they are done. Because of this, many hotels and restaurants in the valley have been able to use Qwick to remedy last minute call outs and fill in gaps during busy times.

Qwick set out to disrupt the staffing industry and it appears they are well on their way to doing so. No more contracts, hiring fees, or absurd markups. Fill shifts on your terms.

Qwick Update- Qwick is excited to announce that cooks have been added to the platform! You can now select from 14 front and back of house positions including servers, bartenders, dishwashers, prep cooks, line cooks, and food runners. 

Qwick is in the process of adding volunteer shifts to the platform with the hope of empowering local charities by connecting them to workers ready to give back.

You can request workers anytime by going to https://www.qwick.com/business/

August 13, 2018

Meet: Cambria Hotel North Scottsdale Desert Ridge

Our convenient location makes it easy to walk to shops, restaurants, and entertainment. And we’re just minutes from the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, Mayo Clinic Hospital and Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum. Many spring training facilities and hiking trails are also nearby, and downtown Phoenix is just a 20-minute drive down the freeway. Grab a bite to eat with friends, family or colleagues at Social Circle™, our full-service restaurant, and bar. Since there’s free WiFi throughout the hotel, it’s also a great place to bring your laptop and get some work done while grabbing a bite to eat—you may even meet some new friends along the way!

Our restaurant reflects the area’s landscape and culture with its décor, Southwestern-inspired dishes, local craft beers on tap and signature cocktails. We invite you to join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or an after-work drink. A 24-hour coffee bar is also on site.

When you stay with Cambria, you can expect personalized service, free WiFi and modern accommodations that are upscale, but never uptight.

Enjoy a romantic Summer Staycation or bring the whole family for a deal you just can’t pass up! Starting at just $99 a night enjoy all the Cambria has to offer including two cocktails on us.

Our hotel also features a 24-hour CustomFit™ fitness center, 24-hour coffee bar, meeting and event space, business center and fitness center, as well as an outdoor pool, spa, and fire pit.

Host your next meeting or event with Cambria® Hotel. Our location is perfect for hosting events in the Desert Ridge/North Scottsdale area. We offer three flexible spaces that are 660 square feet each, and they can be combined to form a 1,980-square-foot space for larger events. Group rates for guest rooms are also available.

July 2, 2018

Meet: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Inside the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, you’ll find a masterfully designed space that begins in the elegant mid-century modern lobby and extends all the way to your luxurious guest room. The Palomar became the perfect addition to the ever-growing Downtown Phoenix skyline in 2012, with its prime downtown location in the shopping, dining, and entertainment hub known as CityScape. Featuring 242 of the most spacious rooms in Downtown Phoenix and 15,000 square feet of well-appointed event space, the upscale boutique hotel provides the ideal setting for guests to contemplate their next inspiring adventure while gazing over the urban landscape and distant mountains.

Entering from the ground-floor entrance, Hotel Palomar Phoenix guests will leave the world behind as they ascend to the second-floor living room lobby. There, they can relax in the casual, conversational seating beside the fireplace — an ideal atmosphere for working, lounging and enjoying Kimpton’s signature daily hosted social hour. With full complimentary access to EOS Fitness and our Kimpton Public Bikes, you won’t have to stray away from your everyday fitness routine. Adjacent to the hotel lobby, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails features contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner, along with a blazing cocktail program crafted with deliberation. Guests will be drawn to the hotel’s rooftop with its open-air swimming pool and LUSTRE Rooftop Bar, which provides the perfect setting to enjoy the local atmosphere, crave-worthy eats, and impeccable service. Book your stay now and receive $25 dining credit to kick start your summer staycation.

Now through September 30, 2018, take advantage of Kimpton’s “Large Meetings, Served Intimately” promotion in which groups of 40+ can receive up to 8% off the master bill and your choice of unique perks that will bring any meeting or event to the next level.

July 2, 2018

Meet: The Phoenician

Unveiling a fresh, contemporary luxury throughout, the AAA Five Diamond Phoenician presents personalized experiences that are rare and memorable by design.  The result of the most massive renovation undertaken since the property opened in October 1988, the resort has transformed itself, introducing a diverse collection of offerings that honor both guest and destination.  In late 2017, a refurbished Main Lobby, Thirsty Camel Lounge, Afternoon Tea Room, retail space, and pool complex — with reserved seating for both families and adults only, as well as an expanded Kids Zone — debuted.  The Marketplace, a European-inspired café, and Mowry & Cotton, a lively, approachable venue featuring Modern American cuisine, also premiered.  The brand-new, three-story Phoenician Spa with rooftop pool and Drybar was introduced in March 2018, followed by The Phoenician Athletic Club, with courts for tennis, pickleball, and basketball, in addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center and Game Room with video and arcade offerings.  Scheduled to reopen in late October 2018 is a completely redesigned and rerouted 18-hole golf course.  Complementing it all is the extensive remodel of all resort casitas and guestrooms, as well as the makeover of The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician – the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in the greater Phoenix area – which took place in summer 2016.

Now through August 31, 2018, The Phoenician is pushing the refresh button on the summer staycation experience.  Enjoy rates starting at $169 per night, with complimentary self-parking.  Discover the new Phoenician Spa and its Premiere Offer: purchase one treatment and receive another of equal or lesser value for 50 percent off.  At Mowry & Cotton, savor $30 per person dinner and weekend brunch specials.  For more information, call 480.941.8200 or visit thephoenician.com.

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