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.

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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.

New and Renovated, East to West

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of flexible meeting space, this venerable Arizona resort has just completed a three-year refresh that touched its guest rooms and suites, ballrooms and common spaces.

‘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.

School of Event Planning & Management – #EventIcons Episode 37


This week we are featuring some AWESOME #EventIcons: Howard Givner (Event Leadership Institute), James Morgan (University of Westminster), Wendy Hultsman (Arizona State University), and Vern Baiett (High Point University). Welcome, students, to the School of Event Planning & Management!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Favorite Events of Endless Events – #EventIcons Episode 85


Arizona Destination Management ( @tcrini ). Arizona Destination Management. We want to help keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest! Below, in our Epic Resources section, we link the awesome insider favorites that were mentioned in this episode! You WANT to check these out!

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?

How To Bring Local Flair To Your Event – #EventIcons Episode 84


Arizona Destination Management) and they are joining us to answer all of your questions on this topic. Arizona Destination Management ( @tcrini ). Arizona Destination Management. Events are now expected to bring a local feel to their experience!

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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Loews Goes Local

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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.

6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

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.

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

How Does a Convention Center Help Foster a Technology Renaissance?

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Hemisphere is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has a product development facility in Calgary. Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) was established in 1974 and located in downtown Calgary.

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.

5 Wellness Spots that Go Above and Beyond

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Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, offers an unforgettable massage experience. Health and wellness has become a major component of the meetings industry, and shows no signs of slowing down.

6 Smart Moves at Visit Sacramento, Fairmont, The Don CeSar & More

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and The Inn at McCormick Ranch Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. John Reyes John Reyes joined Visit Sacramento as the chief operating officer, where he will enhance sales and marketing strategies and oversee the convention center expansion project.

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.

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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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.

Best in Show 2016

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Becky Field, CMP , Meetings and Events Manager, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, Arizona. Jay Ozanne , Convention Services Manager, The Wigwam, Litchfield Park, Arizona. Matt ‘Mookie’ Thayer , Consultant, Presentation Management Systems, Phoenix, Arizona.

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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.

9 Most Zen U.S. Destinations

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Sedona, Arizona. Everyone could use a little more Zen. The demanding modern workplace frequently imposes a hefty dose of stress. Rather than focusing on life’s strains, plan a meeting or event where free time provides an opportunity to recharge , relax and decompress.

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

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Arizona Biltmore. Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings. After much voting and decision-making, the 13th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by Smart Meetings magazine, the meeting industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals.

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Using storytelling to create successful fundraisers

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Gallagher is now an Arizona-based fundraising consultant who specializes in helping non-profits find their voice through storytelling.

10 Tips to Improve Panel Discussions

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The Scottsdale, Arizona-based consultant, facilitator, public speaker and founder of Quality Process Consultants, Inc. Although panel discussions are ubiquitous at meetings, Kristin Arnold, MBA, CPF, CSP thinks they could be more inspired.

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.

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, Arizona. The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey. USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series of 10Best reports, which is selected by readers.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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Arizona. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah. From a long list of 675 properties spanning more than 50 countries, Condé Nast Traveler has selected its best hotel openings from the past year.

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Tailor-Made Team Building

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Miraval Arizona, Tucson. Miraval Arizona, Tucson. Miraval Arizona, a destination spa resort in Tucson known for its commitment to balance and wellness, strives to make indulgences as virtuous as possible with its Cocktails in the Kitchen class.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Tempe, Arizona. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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What Makes a Dream CSM?

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She didn’t do it alone, Squillante points out, but with the help of her AST team and “dream CSM” Becky Field, CMP, meetings and events manager at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona. Tina Squillante, CMP, was short on time but long on inspiration when she decided to almost completely revamp a 2013 conference for the American Society of Transplantation (AST). You can read about the meeting makeover , completed in one month, here.)

5 Local Adventures to Engage Groups

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Scottsdale, Arizona, features more than 200 golf courses, including Troon North Golf Club, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and Grayhawk Golf Club. Local adventures are in the eyes of the adventurers.