Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue - 31

Visit Greater
Palm Springs
Meetings Essentials
Smart Meetings sat down with Carolina
Viazcan, vice president of sales with Visit Greater Palm
Springs to chat about what makes the destination an
oasis for meeting professionals.
Stir room at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells
She also wants meeting planners to know that
Greater Palm Springs' resorts and hotels as well
as the Palm Springs Conference Center have
sustainability as a pillar of doing business in a
region where precious resources like water are at a
premium.
" Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs is the
world's first carbon neutral resort and runs entirely
on solar power, " she says, highlighting the 65-room
hotel and hot springs hotel which caters to small
groups and corporate retreats.
Two Bunch Palms also points out that GBACaccredited
Palm Springs Convention Center in
downtown Palm Springs has sustainability built into
its 261,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including the
use of 2,574 solar panels, an energy-smart HVAC
system, low-flow public toilets and recyclable towels
and other amenities.
Sustainability with Style
Bruggemans notes out that Greater Palm Springs
has always been known for its resorts-glamourous
retreats from quotidian cares that have catered
to old-school celebrities like Sinatra, Hope
and Crosby and more.
But for over 20 years, the destination has been
known for its cutting-edge sustainable style (think
Kelly Wearstler's Viceroy, Jonathan Adler's Parker
Palm Springs).
Style and sustainability are still at the forefront of
new builds and renovations in the area.
Some of the most recent reimagined properties
include, the JW Marriott Desert Springs
Resort & Spa which has completed over $50
million in renovations with a fresh take on midcentury
modernism. The property has 244,715
sq. ft. of total event space and 42 event rooms.
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa,
Indian Wells, with 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor
and outdoor meeting space, has undergone a
560-room renovation, including 103 suites with
mountain views.
The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort &
Spa has expanded outdoor areas for events and
undergone a $15 million-resort-wide renovation.
The property has over 130,000 sq. ft. of flexible
meeting space, including a 17,326 sq. ft. ballroom.
Miramonte Resort & Spa Indian Wells has
renovated and upgraded its rooms with modernized
meeting spaces (35,000 sq. ft. of indoor and
outdoor space) and an updated pool experience.
Finally, Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs is
the brand's first West Coast resort, located a few
minutes from downtown Palm Springs with 40,000
sq. ft. of meeting space.
Bruggemans points out that these resorts and
others are focused on creating the pleasures of a
desert oasis that is not a mirage-but is based on
sustainable models that give back to the community
that surrounds them and sustains them.
She says, " We are here as a resource, to make
connections between our partners and meeting
planners. " Her door, she says, is always open to
planners to " chat with them, talk through their concerns.
I would be happy and thrilled to connect with
them one on one as a resource. "
SM: What is new?
CV: Our airlift keeps growing! Palm Springs International
Airport (PSP) has welcomed over 20 new routes since
2020. And it's located 5 minutes from downtown Palm
Springs. In addition to welcoming Southwest Airlines
last fall (which added year-round service from Chicago;
Dallas; Denver; Oakland, California; Phoenix; Portland,
Oregon; Las Vegas and Sacramento, California), PSP
now offers nonstop service from 33 cities, as well as
connections from more than 500 destinations worldwide.
Plus, PSP is undergoing a $36 million expansion
and renovation that will make an already stress-free
arrival even more relaxed and inspiring.
In addition, the AHL Coachella Valley Firebirds will
be playing the 2022-2023 AHL season at the new
10,000-seat Acrisure Arena. The facility will also host
other sporting events and live music. This venue is
set to seat up to 10,000 people, offering 20 luxury
suites for 16 guests each, 4 club areas and a fun mix
of food and drink vendors.
Greater Palm Springs will also welcome Palm
Springs Surf Club in early 2023. The attraction will
feature a wave pool, private cabanas, a restaurant
and a gym. A state-of-the-art surf pool will accommodate
beginners and pros alike. It will be a unique
opportunity for meetings and events.
SM: What aspect of Palm Springs would surprise a
meeting professional?
CV: Planners will find a wide variety of unique meeting
spaces-indoors and out-to suit all needs, from historic
estates and conference resorts for groups of any
sizes to a 261,000-square-foot convention center.
Thanks to increased flight options and customized
destination planning services, arranging a meeting in
Greater Palm Springs is easier than ever. Voted 'Best
Small Airport' by the readers of The Points Guy, PSP
offers an open-air welcome with a mid-century vibe.
SM: Is Palm Springs a year-round venue?
CV: Absolutely. Year-round sunshine, perfect climate,
wide-open spaces and focus on health and wellness
lead to inspired and productive meetings. Nine distinct
resort cities create one meeting oasis, with more than
185 hotels and 17,000 rooms, outstanding amenities
and unmatched outdoor adventures.
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Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Smart Meetings September 2022 Digital Issue

September Cover
Bright Perspective
Smart buzz
Feature: Event Mavericks
Event Recap
Destination: Western Canada
Destination: Tucson
Destination: Nebraska
Destination: Palm Springs
Destination: Wosconsin
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