The Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa

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Iconic Phoenix Resort Debuts Interactive Group Food & Beverage Offerings and Programming

Groups Discover Unconventional Approach to Meetings & Conventions at The Wigwam

With 14 outdoor function spaces, a total of 100,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and an ideal location just 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, The Wigwam has revamped its meetings and conventions offerings for 2011. Kicking-off a new year of meetings business with savings, associations that book at The Wigwam by June 31, 2011, can take advantage of board members eating, sleeping and playing for free.

 In today’s fast-paced and digitally connected society, The Wigwam has also created programming that offers a respite for group meetings and business with experiences that allow guests to celebrate the history of The Wigwam and make their own history. Relieving meeting planners from having to allocate major budgets for client activities outside of the actual meeting, The Wigwam offers new destination experiences that are complimentary, such as the resort’s new resident Native American cultural interpreter Lance Polingyouma who hosts unique weeknight destination experiences that explore Arizona history, the night sky and desert flora and fauna among other topics. Weekends  at The Wigwam also feature live nightly entertainment at the resort’s new Palm Courtyard.

 Putting food and beverage into motion, from breakfast and afternoon snack breaks to formal evening dinners, The Wigwam has reenergized dining for groups. Active breakfasts featuring fresh, piping hot donuts being created before your eyes, custom lunchtime grilled-to-order paninis and teambuilding chili cook-offs are just a few examples of The Wigwam’s new interactive dining offerings.

 Redefining group breaks at The Wigwam, the opportunities are endless for active, healthy and outdoor custom breaks paired with suitable recreation. With Arizona’s 334 days of sunshine a year, groups are taking to the resort’s expansive front lawn for morning games of flag football. And in the afternoon, breaks feature a variety of active offerings from one-hole golf challenges to fresh, made-to-order smoothie breaks and express minute massages from the resort’s on-site Red Door Spa.

 “Companies and organizations look for unique experiences that meet their individual needs, so we’ve completely revamped our meetings offerings and services to cater to the objectives and mission statements of our clients - which often leads to total program customization,” said Frank Ashmore, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Wigwam. “Traditionally, experiences at The Wigwam have always centered around social activity, so with 65 percent of our core business being groups, there was an opportunity for us to incorporate unique activities into the overall meeting experience. Feedback from group planners has been overwhelmingly positive. They love the fact that their attendees have the opportunity to experience the destination without sacrificing their main objectives or impeding their schedules in any way."

 Indoor meeting facilities at The Wigwam include three ballrooms, including the 10,800-square-foot Wigwam Ballroom, and 25 separate meeting rooms, a business center with wireless high-speed Internet and audio/visual specialists. The Wigwam’s recent renovation added several new outdoor spaces, including private, intimate gardens, an al fresco terrace adjacent to the resort’s new pool and a grand lawn featuring new lighting and staging areas to accommodate groups of up to 1,000 people. Lively events at Sunset Point, The Wigwam’s signature Old West-inspired outdoor venue with a stunning backdrop of the Arizona desert, are always popular with groups.

 One of Arizona’s most historic resort destinations, The Wigwam has entered a new era with a $7 million renovation completed earlier this year. Remaking The Wigwam’s 80-year history, the resort offers new indoor/outdoor lounges, dining and entertaining spaces, as well as a new main pool complex, lobby and restaurants. Situated on more than 400 acres and featuring 330 guestrooms, including 72 suites, The Wigwam boasts some of the top resort amenities within Phoenix and Scottsdale, including three championship golf courses and Arizona’s largest resort golf practice facility, and a Red Door Spa.

 In January, the hotel removed "Golf Resort & Spa" from the property’s formal name. The new name- The Wigwam, affords the ultimate flexibility to customize the guest experience for each group individually. The Wigwam is part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection.

 For group reservations, please call (623) 856-1088 or visit http://www.wigwamarizona.com/.

 About The Wigwam

A designated "Historic Hotel of America,” The Wigwam is one of Arizona's iconic landmarks. With over 80 years of history, a new era began in early 2011 as The Wigwam unveiled a $7 million renovation to include a new pool complex with both adult and family areas, new restaurants and bars featuring al fresco dining and entertaining areas, and a variety of new social areas and event lawns. Situated on an estate-like setting, The Wigwam spans over 440 acres and features 331 guest casitas, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture.  The Wigwam is also the Southwest's only hotel with 54 holes of championship golf, and features a 25,000 square-foot Red Door Spa, four pools, and seven restaurants and bars. The Wigwam invites guests to create new traditions and lasting memories of their own by participating in a variety of daily activities from morning nature walks and Native American campfires to cooking classes, weekly farmer's markets and more.  A flagship resort among the Destinations Hotels & Resorts collection, The Wigwam is located in the affluent community of Litchfield Park, Ariz. in the West Valley of greater Phoenix. For more information, visit www.wigwamarizona.com or call (623) 935-3811 or (800) 327-0396.

 About Destination Hotels & Resorts

The Wigwam is managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts - the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the United States with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. The company has developed a variety of initiatives to better serve its communities, stakeholders and customers including Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program, and the Destination Delivers guest loyalty program, which provides the best available offers to members. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join Destination Delivers, visit http://www.destinationhotels.com.  

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