Expansions & Renovations

The Scottsdale Debuts General Store, Announces Presidential Suites Renovation Continued Resort Enhancements offer Connectivity, Accessibility and Luxury

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. August 9, 2017 – The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel is excited to announce the opening of General Store & Trading Post, a new break station offering to their valued meeting planner partners and esteemed business traveler guests. The property is the first resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. to offer this hot new trend designed to ease the planning process for planners, save groups money on F&B costs, generate connectivity through a communal space, and provide a variety of snack options including healthy bites.

This exciting new addition is part of the resort’s continued enhancement efforts that began with the reopening after a massive renovation in September 2015, which injected $11 million into transforming the property. The next phase of these efforts, set for completion in September, will include an entire architectural, décor and soft goods renovation to three Presidential Suites in the resort’s McCormick Building. These sophisticated accommodations will receive large-scale structural overhauls to convert the space into an open concept as well as elegant new artwork, textiles, bedding, furniture and a brightened color scheme. Named after Scottsdale historical figures, the Presidential Suites are called The Settlers Suite (after the city of Scottsdale’s founder Winfield Scott), The Founders Suite (after Anne and Fowler McCormick who built a ranch in the 1950s on the land where The Scottsdale sits today), and The Architect Suite (after Architect Bennie Gonzales who designed the resort’s original building and interior décor when it opened in 1976).

The Scottsdale’s General Store & Trading Post is a boutique-like market with an unlimited selection of breakfast and snack items along with gourmet products to enjoy at leisure plus an on-site UPS store that saves time and money with printing and graphic design. Guests will be kept in anticipation as they look forward to discovering “what is next” during their morning and afternoon breaks. Choose from fresh pastries, gourmet breakfast breads, fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, protein options as well as chef’s “locally-inspired” selections, sweet treats, and grab and go snack bars. Stay hydrated with bottled and sparkling water, gourmet teas, a soda fountain along with a gourmet coffee bar station brewing espressos, lattes, or cups of joe prepared hot or icy cold complete with flavored syrups and a variety of sweeteners. Check out the attached menu for the rotating menu options. The cost for the General Store & Trading Post is included in The Scottsdale’s meeting packages.

“This innovative new break station concept is a winning formula. Not only does it simplify the process for event planning professionals but it also enhances meeting attendee satisfaction and productivity levels by providing an abundance of choice and accessibility,” said Patrick Connors, Director of Sales and Marketing for The Scottsdale. “Our dedication to ongoing resort enhancements from the meeting space to the suites shows our continued commitment to providing our guests with an inspiring location to learn, relax and recharge.”

Click here to see photos of the resort and General Store & Trading Post along with renderings of the Presidential Suites.

About The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel

Ideally situated between the pristine Sonoran Desert and the burgeoning shopping, restaurant, gallery, and club scene of Scottsdale, Ariz., The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is a AAA Four Diamond resort that has provided a superior guest experience for 40 years. The Scottsdale features 326 guest rooms and casitas each with the elegant décor and residential ambiance of private haciendas, Kitchen West Restaurant, Bar Six40, and Luna Spa. With more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the resort features 50 meeting rooms accommodating groups up to 1,200. For more information, visit www.TheScottsdaleResort.com. Follow us on Twitter: @stayscottsdale and on Instagram: @TheScottsdaleResort. Like us on Facebook: TheScottsdaleResort. #TheScottsdaleResort

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States and Caribbean. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties, the award-winning portfolio features 19 renowned golf courses, 18 indigenous spas, and 105 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review

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Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board – for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driver’s seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.