Stunning landscapes, an emphasis on agri-tourism and plenty of opportunities for both outdoor activities and relaxation are among the reasons Canadians should visit Phoenix this year, said a delegation representing the city’s tourism industry.
Representatives from Arizona’s capital recently stopped by the PAX office in Toronto, highlighting the destination’s many attractions for Canadian travellers in 2015.
Greater Phoenix Area
Encompassing several smaller municipalities, the Greater Phoenix Area has a lot to offer travellers, said Doug MacKenzie, director of media relations for Visit Phoenix. With more than 60,000 hotel rooms, plenty of accommodation is available for travellers looking to take in the city’s many activities and attractions. Sports fans should take special note, as the city prepares to welcome Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, preceded by the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament held from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. MacKenzie added that as of Oct. 26, WestJet will begin non-stop flights to Phoenix departing from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
Michelle Streeter, director of communications for Visit Mesa, said that a recent agri-tourism initiative is among the key strategies in the destination’s new ‘Mesa City Limitless’ campaign, comprising the four communities of Mesa, Chandler, Tempe and Gilbert in promoting the Greater Phoenix Area’s Eastern Valley Region.
Travellers can visit local food and beverage producers and sample their products, including Schnepf Farms (a renowned peach producer also known for its annual fall pumpkin festival), Queen Creek Olive Mill and the Beer Research Institute.
“We’ve found that more travellers are finding their adventures through their stomach,” joked Streeter.
For travellers wanting to burn off some of those calories, Mesa boasts 40 golf courses (MacKenzie added that there are more than 200 golf courses in the Greater Phoenix Area overall) as well as outdoor recreation opportunities offered by the nearby Tonto National Forest and Gila River.
Sedona and Enchantment Resort
A natural setting with a unique energy defines the City of Sedona, said Babs Harrison, director of communications, Enchantment Group. Known for its wine industry and stunning natural beauty, Sedona offers something for every traveller.
Enchantment Resort, a 70-acre property nestled in the confines of Boynton Canyon and surrounded by more than a million acres of national forest, features 218 rooms and wilderness trail access for guests. The Mii Amo destination spa is also located on the Enchantment property, catering to small groups of tourists seeking a wellness retreat (Mii Amo features only 16 rooms) steeped in the region’s natural good vibrations.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégée Albert Chase McArthur, the Arizona Biltmore is one of Phoenix’s most storied hotels - and with good reason, said Samantha Swadish, the hotel’s public relations and marketing manager. High-profile guests over the years have included many U.S. presidents, as well as film icon Marilyn Monroe (who said the hotel’s pool was her favourite), said Swadish, adding that the classic holiday song ‘White Christmas’ was also written within the hotel’s walls. Without diminishing its illustrious history, a recent renovation at the building has seen upgrades to guest rooms and ballrooms. Another nod to the past is the hotel’s speakeasy, constructed during the Prohibition era and still in operation – Swadish said that the 50-capacity room is accessible only on Sundays with a password posted to the hotel’s Twitter feed on Friday night.