We support clients’ travel to just about everywhere in the world, so are ideally placed to provide advice on those destinations which may not be typically thought of as Business Travel destinations. This month, we’ve decided to focus on Arizona as a Business Travel destination.
As Arizona will be hosting the 2015 Superbowl in February, this destination will see a dramatic influx of visitors and also business opportunities. In fact, the Business Connect initiative has been set up to provide and increase opportunities for local small businesses to get involved in the Superbowl.
But it’s not just the Superbowl bringing business to the forefront in Arizona, there is actually a wealth of business focussed organisations and initiatives in this region: Arizona is home to the Arizona Business Leadership Association, the city of Chandler is a hub of industry and includes a number of Fortune 500 companies and Arizona was also named “Number 1 State for Entrepreneurial Activity” by Fast Company in 2013 and “Number 1 State for Growth Prospects” by Forbes in 2013.
With client meetings in mind, Business Travellers should note that two of OpenTable’s Top 100 scenic view restaurants in America are actually found in Arizona; the Alchemy restaurant at Copperwynd Resort Fountain Hills and Compass Arizona at the Hyatt Regency provide the real “wow factor” for client meetings.
And it’s not just about business (we know all about the bleisure principle), Business Travellers can combine business with pleasure with an excursion to the Grand Canyon or work on improving their handicap: Arizona is also North America’s number one golf destination – there are more than 300 golf courses!
Arizona Key Facts:
Population – 6.6 million (approx.)
Area – 294, 315 sq. km
Capital City – Phoenix
Official language – English
GDP per capita - TBC
Airports – 12 commercial airports
Some Additional Facts:
Phoenix is the United States’ sixth-largest city with a population of over 1.4 million.
More than 16 million people visit metropolitan Phoenix each year and more than 37 million people visit Arizona each year.
Some tips for Business Travellers in Arizona:
- Tipping is generally voluntary in Arizona. Approximately 15-20% for waiters and taxi drivers is deemed acceptable and hotel porters expect to receive $1 to $2 per bag taken to a room.
- Arizona is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone – 7 hours behind London.
- Be prepared for the weather! Desert climates are found in Central and Southern Arizona, including Tucson and Phoenix with annual highs of 41C. In the mountainous regions, temperatures are much cooler – with annual highs of 27C.
- Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in North America. South Mountain Park and Preserve covers more than 16,500 acres and has more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
- Greater Phoenix is home to more than 200 golf courses.
Over the course of 2014, CT Business Travel sent 20 clients to Arizona, with the majority of our clients visiting Phoenix (although most of them included Arizona as a stop on a multi destination trip). With an average cost of less than £1500 for each ticket, a business trip to Arizona is both profitable and affordable for businesses.
Business Travellers keen to explore the option of visiting Arizona for Business should contact the dedicated Business Travel team for more information about travelling to the region
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