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What to Expect in Phoenix

by Visit Phoenix | Mar 31, 2017

Fast-growing Phoenix has long been a huge draw for meetings and events. The city offers an award-winning downtown convention center and urban core, easy air access, sun-drenched beauty and unmatched value. Lately an infusion of youthful energy and new investment has propelled downtown Phoenix into the spotlight as a modern urban center.

When it comes to getting here and getting around, few meeting and event destinations rival Phoenix for ease and convenience. The airport is served by 16 airlines with more than 1,200 daily flights. Sky Harbor is just four miles from downtown and 15 to 30 minutes from most area hotels and resorts, and arriving attendees can take the free PHX Sky Train from the airport to the nearest Valley Metro Light Rail station. The 26-mile light rail also links Phoenix to Tempe and Mesa, and an all-day pass is just $4. Downtown Phoenix is pedestrian-friendly; restaurants, sporting venues and nightlife options are walkable from the Phoenix Convention Center and downtown hotels.

The acclaimed Phoenix Convention Center offers nearly 900,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. Inspired by the Grand Canyon, the center was designed to amaze, making use of natural colors and textures that mirror surrounding desert and canyon landscapes, and incorporating energy- efficient design principles and ongoing sustainability programs.

When the day’s meetings are done, attendees need only walk out the convention center’s doors to savor the fare at urban eateries and cafes, sample craft beers at neighborhood brewpubs, take in a live music show or browse original shops and art galleries. Greater Phoenix offers attendees plenty to see and do, from spa treatments and championship golf, to outdoor adventures like horseback riding, hiking and hot-air ballooning.

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