Who says there is no life in the desert?  If you have not been to Arizona lately, then you might be surprised.  Tempe is located in the heart of the Phoenix Metropolitan area which is surrounded by the incredibly serene Sonoran Desert, one of the world’s most diverse desert environments.  And you may be surprised to know that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the country’s busiest with non-stop flights to more than 100 destinations in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK.  With a quick 10 minute connection from the airport on the Valley Metro Light Rail, you arrive to Downtown Tempe’s bustling Mill Avenue. With more than 70 shops and restaurants in a 7 block, historic and pedestrian friendly district, Downtown Tempe is teeming with life and plenty of options to soak up the sun on an outdoor patio or sample a brew or two from one of several brew pubs that call Tempe home.  All of this sits adjacent to the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, one of the largest universities in the country.  With more than 70,000 students, ASU is a center of knowledge, research, sports and the arts.  In fact, one of the crown jewels of architecture in Arizona is the Frank Lloyd Wright designed ASU Gammage, a 3,000 seat theater that annually hosts Broadway shows on its mainstage.

Of course, you need a place to actually hold your meeting, right?  Tempe’s hotels are perfect for meetings for groups of 10 to 500 and are located near the airport or in our Downtown area.  In 2017, Tempe will add more than 600 new rooms with brands like Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Home 2 Suites by Hilton and two Hilton Garden Inn properties.  Beyond our hotel partners, you can also find some interesting off-site venues including the modern and sleek Tempe Center for the Arts and the beautifully lush Desert Botanical Garden.

Your attendees will be happy with Tempe as well.  Here they can get their exercise in to gear up for their meetings with options like hiking A Mountain in Downtown Tempe, paddle boarding on Tempe Town Lake, biking on the miles of paths in Papago Park or taking a jog through Tempe Beach Park.  If retail therapy is needed after a long day, then Tempe fits the bill. Arizona Mills offers more than 170 outlet and value oriented shops, restaurants and attractions such as Harking IMAX Theater, SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and LEGO Discovery Center Arizona.  Another great option is Tempe Marketplace.  This shopping district offers more than 1 million square feet of shops, restaurants and theaters in an outdoor setting with patios, fireplaces and areas to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Are you tempted to see Tempe for yourself?  Our staff are happy to assist you in planning your next event in Tempe and we offer opportunities throughout the year for personalized site visits so that you can see how Tempe satisfies your check list.  Apply today at www.TempeMeetings.com