Classics Writers Conference October 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona

Travel Classics West 2010
Pre-and Post-Conference Tours

The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes your participation in the seventh annual Travel Classics West conference and we encourage you to take the opportunity to explore more of Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon state of Arizona. We hope that you find the Sonoran Desert setting and your stay at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa an inspirational complement to the exciting exchange of ideas that will take place during the conference.

We know that your conference time will be very focused on business, but we encourage you to get a better perspective on what makes Arizona so unique by working with us and the Arizona Office of Tourism to coordinate a pre- or post-conference tour. Whether you spend time exploring Scottsdale in more depth, or you head to the majestic red rocks of Sedona, cool pines of Flagstaff, or the spiritual sites of Navajo and Hopi, we are more than happy to assist you in developing an itinerary that meets your specific needs. We've compiled a wealth of information on Arizona destinations and area resorts as well as several story ideas that cover every kind of topic --- from dining to Wild West adventures. So take some time to browse through these ideas (DOC) that can serve as the building blocks to your itinerary.

Too many ideas to consider? Need some help sorting through them all? Don't hesitate to call us and we can help you create the perfect itinerary for your readers.
Laura McMurchie
VP of Communications
480-429-2253< /a>
Tatum Luoma
Director of Public Relations

The HeART of Arizona: Camp Verde, Jerome, Sedona, and Scottsdale

Join the Arizona Office of Tourism Oct. 31-Nov. 5 for a post-conference tour and discover why artists have long been inspired by the extraordinary scenery of the Verde Valley, as well as the rugged beauty of Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert landscape. However, you'll learn there is more to this region than meets the eye! As you head to the Verde Valley, the "heart" of Arizona, you will visit up and coming wineries and tasting rooms, area boutiques and galleries, a wildlife park, the majestic red rocks and other natural attractions that make this part of Arizona world-renown. From rural Arizona's wineries you'll travel to the urban, chic downtown of Scottsdale, which boasts nearly 100 art galleries, Thursday night ArtWalks, and chef-driven restaurants showcasing Arizona wines and food as art.

Flagstaff and Sedona

The Flagstaff and Sedona CVBs are teaming up to offer a pre-conference media tour (pdf) Oct. 24-28 that highlights the grandeur of northern Arizona. Participants will spend two days in the ponderosa pines of Flagstaff, exploring the historic downtown, sampling the newest restaurants and taking a day trip to the Grand Canyon for some hiking and biking. Next, the tour moves on to the stunning red rocks of Sedona for two days of pampering at the Enchantment Resort and adventure in the red rocks with a signature jeep tour. This pre-conference tour includes transportation from the Phoenix airport, all meals, lodging and activities, and transportation back to the Royal Palms Resort in Scottsdale for the start of Travel Classics West.

Northern Arizona:
Williams, Page, Navajo Nation and Hopi

Join the Northern Arizona ROCKS post-conference media tour Oct. 31-Nov. 5. What's not to like about visiting the Grand Canyon --- one of the most legendary natural wonders in the world, exploring real small town Americana on the Mother Road in Williams, cruising the most majestic lake in the west on luxury houseboats, meeting and learning from the finest Navajo artists in the Navajo Nation, and getting a unique glimpse into Hopi culture-where villages are still preserved from thousands of years ago? Marketable stories await! This post-conference tour includes transfers in Arizona , meals, attractions and lodging by the hosts of Williams, Page, Navajo Nation and Hopi.
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