Prevue November/December 2015 - (Page 65)

@ Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Scottsdale Meeting in the desert brings Southwestern culture to life for groups [ON LOCATION] JESSIE FETTERLING O ff-roading through the Sonoran Desert is no easy feat. Gravel, rocks and divots in the path make it a bumpy- yet exhilarating-ride behind the wheel of a Tomcar (a military-grade vehicle designed for such rigorous paths). The views whooshing by-that of Scottsdale's towering cacti and wild horses-immediately accustomed us to the Southwest. Our experience with Green Zebra Adventures, along with the dynamic teambuilding activities and themed events organized by the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at one of the area's 70 resorts and hotels, offer planners an immense playground for architecting creative and cultural meetings and incentives. "Scottsdale's Native American and Western history is a distinct part of the destination's culture," says Kelli Blubaum, VP of convention sales & services for the Scottsdale CVB. "Planners can introduce clients to this history while attending various local performances like Native Trails, a noontime festival that showcases rich Native American song and dance traditions, or by embedding parts of their program into cultural attractions such as Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. By doing so, meeting attendees can get a broader look at how the past and present merge seamlessly in Scottsdale and truly get a sense of this city's heartbeat." COPS, ROBBERS & TEQUILA GODDESSES Take the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, for instance. The 165-room property recently completed a $10 million renovation to its guest rooms-several of which offer views of the area's famed Camelback Mountain. The new interiors feature photography by local artists and carpets designed with butterflies- an ode to the resort's onsite butterfly sanctuary. Hotel tour guides can lead groups through Echo Canyon up Camelback Mountain before meeting in 5,000 sf of meeting space. Smaller groups of 12 won't want to miss the private dining experience at XII. The venue features a glass wall that opens up into a show kitchen, where "Planners can introduce clients to Scottsdale's Native American and Western history through various local performances like Native Trails, a noontime festival that showcases rich Native American song and dance traditions." | 61

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue November/December 2015

Planner’s Pick: Salt Lake City
Bureau Buzz: Birmingham
Fresh Meets: Melia Hotels International
Good Business: Community Outreach at ASAE
Sea Shores: Crystal Cruises
Ode to Inspiration
On Location: South Korea
On Location: Istanbul
On Location: Panama
On Location: Scottsdale
Checkout: Kalahari Resort & Convention Center

Prevue November/December 2015