Why Arizona Iced Tea Launched a Fashion Line


The iced tea brand Arizona has released a new line of products, but these latest additions aren’t drinkable—they’re wearable. In celebration

Tempe is “Refreshingly Arizona”

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Experience Arizona like you never have before. A visit to Tempe, Arizona combines sunny skies and desert scenery with the energy of a college town. First, meeting attendees love visiting Arizona and Tempe is right in the center of it all. Shop for brand name bargains at Arizona Mills. The post Tempe is “Refreshingly Arizona” appeared first on Connect Association.

Talking Tempe, Arizona With Brian McCartin

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The former executive vice president of Travel Portland is returning home to Arizona, where we went to college (Northern Arizona University) and started his extensive career with Marriott International. McCartin shares his favorite things to see and do in Tempe, and his plans to further position Tempe and the state of Arizona as a must-visit destination. Plus, when you have a major university like Arizona State, there are so many activities.

Tempe Is “Refreshingly Arizona”

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Experience Arizona like you never have before. A visit to Tempe, Arizona combines sunny skies and desert scenery with the energy of a college town. First, meeting attendees love visiting Arizona and Tempe is right in the center of it all. Shop for brand name bargains at Arizona Mills. The post Tempe Is “Refreshingly Arizona” appeared first on Connect Association.

Arizona Biltmore on Full Display During Smart Event

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11-13 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort , in Phoenix, and I must admit I’m pretty excited to stay at this property. To name-drop just a little, Arizona Biltmore features a picture on its website of the Kennedy’s posing with tennis rackets.

Plan a Home Run Meeting at Spring Training Sites

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In Arizona , Scottsdale Stadium is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies call Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, also in Scottsdale, their training destination. Credit: VisitStPeteClearwater.com.

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5 Refreshed Hotels in 5 Getaway Spots

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The reimagining of the Arizona property included 10,000 sq. Destinations arizona bahia mar california clearwater beach Florida fort lauderdale hotel adeline hotel upgrades Hotels & Hospitality kelley house martha's vineyard palm springs riviera palm springs scottsdale wyndham

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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Arizona: Prickly Pear Pie. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson, Arizona, is known for its prickly pear margarita, but the pastry chef would be happy to custom-make the pie version for a catered event. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today!

Exciting Developments on Tap for Tucson

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Read more about Arizona in the story “Meeting Spaces in Unusual Spaces,” in the February issue of Smart Meetings. Tucson is one of those cities with one foot headed toward the future and one happily planted into the past. But the “future” foot is really active these days.

‘Best of the Best’ Hotels Named for 2017

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Best Wellness Program: Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona. Naming the “best of the best” in the hospitality world is no job for the meek, but international luxury travel network Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts did the deed—again.

Loews Goes Local

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Why Phoenix Is the New Hip Place to Host a Meeting

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When I opened the in-flight magazine on my trip to the capital of Arizona, a well-timed headline captured my attention: “Phoenix Is Hipper Than You Think.” Convene On Site Magazine Plenary Arizona FOUND:RE Parley Stock Phoenix

25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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Notably, Arizona attractions had the most mentions, with five spots on the list. Havasu Falls, another notable gem in Arizona, came in ninth place. Antelope Canyon and Devil’s Bridge Trail are two other outdoorsy attractions in Arizona that made the list.

NFL returns to Twickenham Stadium for a second year

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The NFL returned to Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 22 October for the first of a two-game international series, the sell-out crowd enjoyed new and exciting food outlets from catering partners Levy UK, as they celebrated the Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Event TALK: Top Tips For Managing Group Transportation For Your Conference


Tara Thain came from the historic city of Philadelphia, PA to attend Arizona State University. Tara N. Thain, CHME, Director of National Accounts with SuperShuttle joins us on our latest episode of Event TALK.

The Ease of Planning a Meeting in Tempe

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There are many reasons to consider Tempe, Arizona for your next meeting. Downtown is adjacent to the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, one of the largest universities in the country. This desert destination is known for amazing sunsets, warm weather and Sonoran Desert vistas.

Announcing Partnership With Epic Party Team!

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We believe this partnership will be a great opportunity for our team to better communicate with our clients and make their vision real,” Nate Jaehnig, President and Owner of Epic Party Team in Arizona.

Las Vegas No. 1 Among Most Fun Cities

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13 Tempe, Arizona, home to Arizona State University, and No. Tempe, Arizona. Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s no surprise that the most fun cities in the United States, according to a new report released by WalletHub, are also key meeting destinations. Las Vegas ranked No.

AFR Furniture Rental Acquires Kool Party Rentals

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The decision to purchase came on the heels of seemingly casual conversation between the two brands when the C level at each realized they had been working on many of the same events together in the California and Arizona areas, where Kool does most of its business. warehouse in Arizona and 9,600-sq.-ft. On April 12, AFR Furniture Rental, a national lounge furniture rental company for live events, announced its acquisition of West Coast-based Kool Party Rentals.

Big News Revealed During Smart Meeting Event

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The three-day Smart Meeting Event at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort , in Phoenix Sept. Lots of Arizona suppliers took advantage of the Smart Meeting Event that touched down in their state. Of course, we were all wowed by our host, Arizona Biltmore.

GDPR Compliance and Your Events. Are you Ready?


Known for her daring antics and outgoing personality, Ruth Carter is a licensed Arizona attorney with a practice that focuses on internet law, intellectual property, and business law. On May 25, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR goes into effect. This regulation in EU law is designed to protect data and the privacy of all individuals within the European Union.

7 Thrilling Team-Building Adventures

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Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona. Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona: Walking to the edge of a cliff isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but those who do so at this location, protected by a railing, are able to snap amazing shots of one of the world’s most magnificent natural attractions.

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Top 5 Event Planners: Orlando

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Offering teams in Florida, Arizona, Las Vegas and Washington DC, this event planning firm has been excellent enough to grow into multiple cities. Just Events! Group. This team has been planning and implementing award winning events for over 20 years.

First Hotel Opens On Iconic Tempe Town Lake


Located at the shores of Tempe Town Lake, the hotel is close to Downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue and Arizona State University. The fashionable urban-style AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown opened in June reflecting the unique character of Tempe’s desert aesthetic.

Planning Golf Events: How Event Technology Fuels Design at the Phoenix Open

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4 in Scottsdale, Arizona, the event at TPC Scottsdale -Champions Course required various staging areas, including VIP and sponsor areas, catering to over 650,000 attendees.

Why Adding Local Flavor to an Event is the Best Way to Wow Attendees

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For example, there’s a distinct smell in Arizona when it rains. But, it’s hard to replicate that when it doesn’t rain a lot in Arizona. This can be replicated with sprinklers raining upon the very same bushes – something to keep in mind if you’re ever event planning in Arizona !

20 Best and Worst Airports in America

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona came in first with consistently good ratings across all categories. Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Arizona (PHX). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations?

5 Smart Moves at Kimpton, Miraval, Hilton and More

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Mahoney was general manager at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona. Kristina Schreck Ohio native Kristina Schreck was named director of catering at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, in San Diego.

Nostalgic Cities Proving the Good Ol’ Days Are Back

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Louis and Tucson, Arizona, have streetcar projects established or in the works. It’s time to capitalize on America’s retro craze when bringing together nostalgia-craving boomers and tech-loving millennials. Responding to the emerging trend, hotels and resort properties are rolling out old-timey experiences ranging from special game parlors to vintage lobby shoeshine stands.

Fitness Afloat: Get Healthy on a Cruise

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Celebrity Cruises has debuted a fleet-wide Mindful Dreams wellness program in partnership with renowned Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, that includes spa treatments, instructional classes and expert-led lectures themed on achieving more mindful and restful sleep patterns.

Making A Positive Impact On A Destination.


The Ritz-Carlton launches Impact Experiences Program, a Community Footprints program offering conference and group guests the opportunity to participate in socially responsible activities that make a positive impact on the destination while fostering collaboration and a great sense of accomplishment.

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Pedal Power Your Phone!

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You can also find them at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLO) in Arizona and Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Southern California. Photo credit: Indianapolis Airport Authority. Name two essential things about meetings.

A vibrant destination in the heart of the Valley of the Sun


He has crossed the Ironman Arizona finish line in Tempe, AZ 3 times, most recently in November 2015. James Tevault, Director of Sales at the Tempe Tourism Office joins us on the latest episode of Event TALK.

2017 CVB Selfie Contest: Midwest/Mountain Region/Southwest

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City of Chandler Office of Tourism Meet Tourism Guru Kimberly Janes, who can guide you to find the perfect location for your next program in Chandler, Arizona! The largest candy factory in Arizona, this fourth-generation family produces delicious chocolates and scrumptious treats.

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A New and Unique Hotel Experience in Phoenix

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Each piece of art has been sourced from Arizona artists, supporting the local artists, economy and overall health of the community. FOUND:RE Phoenix is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle hotel experience inspired by local contemporary art, culture, fashion and music.

New Board Members and Best Ideas Recognized During 2016 DMA West Education Summit

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21-23 in Mesa, Arizona. Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau, Arizona. The following board directors were elected to two-year terms: – Brent DeRaad, president and CEO of Visit Tucson in Arizona.

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3 Alternatives to Travel Ban Wars Planners Need to Know

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The measures launched against states such as North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arizona have brought negative and positive publicity—and mixed results.

How to Not Get Sick on the Road

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An article in last month’s issue of The Costco Connection dishes the dirt: Public Bathrooms You may have been told that door handles are primary germ carriers, but University of Arizona microbiology professor Charles P. PROBLEM.

In Phoenix, Your Group Can Train for an Ironman

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Groups can hit the nearby South Mountain trails with Vuijsters for a mid-morning breakout while he trains for the Ironman Arizona in November. Hotels are bending over backwards, as it were, to promote unique fitness and wellness offerings to guests, including meetings attendees.

7 Swanky Golf Resorts for Events and Tournaments

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Meeting planners looking for nice weather and killer views should consider Mountain Shadows , a new Arizona resort opened in February. These seven golf resorts have teed up expanded meeting spaces or renovated courses in an effort to attract more corporate events and tournaments this year.