b'international destinationphoto courtesy Visit PhoenixCentral AvenuePHOENIXStretching across the Salt River Valley, Phoenix is one of North Americas largest and widest cities. Major urban centres in the Phoenix area include Chandler, Glendale, Mesa and Tempeandall have legitimate bragging rights to spectacular hotels, resorts and golf courses. In Phoenix proper, three well-known meeting and conference spots are the Phoenix Convention Center and Venues,the Black Canyon Conference Center and the Desert Willow Conference Center. Phoenixs Convention Center has been listed as one of the top10 convention facilities in the country. It offers more than 900,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space with 99 meeting rooms, exhibit halls with pre-scored floors and an executive conference center. Oh, and dont forget the Symphony Hall and the historic Orpheum Theatre.Black Canyon boasts 21 meeting rooms overall, including the Black Canyon Ballroom which accommodates 500 people, as well as the Sonoran Ballroom for up to 250 people. Conference rooms are equipped with all the modern amenitieseven ergonomic chairs for comfortable learning. The Desert Willow Conference Center is in the Cotton Centerbusiness park near the Tempe-Phoenix borderfive minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix. With over 40,000 square feet of space, Desert Willow offers 11 conference rooms with flexible configurations, including the Cottonwood Ballroom that can seat up to 500 guests.photo courtesy Visit Phoenix photo courtesy Arizona Office of TourismTUCSONArizonas second largest city has an easy-going vibe and a welcoming atmosphere. In a basin surrounded by five mountain ranges, its also one of the prettiest urban settings in America. Theres a reason that Old Pueblo has made Cvents Top 50 U.S. Meetings Destinations list two years in a row. Booming business abounds in the city, particularly in research, education and technology. And dont forget gastronomic excellencegood food that is sure to please the gourmands in the group. Tucson doesnt just have a well-deserved reputation for unique and innovative takes on the flavours of the Southwest, Coddington says. In 2016, it earned the distinction as the first city in the U.S. to be named a UNESCO Capitalof Gastronomy! The Tucson Convention Centre is in the heart of downtownand comes with a total of 205,000 square feet of event and meeting space. Located near the Sun Link streetcar system, guests have access to the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue and downtown. Mission San Xavier Entrance in historic TusconAs its name suggests, the Del Sol Resort Spa andConference Centre has more to offer than just conference space. The Pascua Yaqui Tribes premium resort is a premier destination for business trips in Tucson. Spring/Summer 2020CORPORATE MEETINGS & EVENTS 13'