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Scottsdale "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

Scottsdale

Scottsdale is one of the Southwest’s premier resort destinations and its popularity is well deserved. 

The beautiful desert landscapes have inspired such people as architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who built an internationally admired winter retreat here at Taliesin West. Outdoors lovers will find hundreds of things to do along the Salt River, in the rocky city parks and neighboring mountains, or on ranches in and around the city. Hot air balloon rides, horseback tours, kayaking, and mountain climbing are all just minutes from Scottsdale.

Here are just a few of the many hotels in Scottsdale that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book your guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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Phoenix "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

Phoenix at Night

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy to sample all of the glitter and gleam of the nation’s fifth largest city.

Whether your notion of leisure nirvana means marking up a scorecard on one of the Valley saguaro-studded greens, purchasing designer duds at a fashionable boutique, sipping wine at an art gallery, exploring prehistoric Indian ruins, hitting 21 at the blackjack tables or kayaking along an urban lake – Phoenix has plenty to suit your style.

Here are just a few of the many hotels Phoenix that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book your guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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Starwood to open Westin Phoenix Downtown

Starwood Hotels & Resorts today announced plans to open its first Westin hotel in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2011.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown will offer a prime location just one block from the Phoenix Convention Center, the city’s largest convention and entertainment facility. The 242-room hotel will feature sophisticated oversized guest rooms, averaging 550 square feet, as well as a full suite of the Westin brand’s signature amenities and services.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown will occupy nine floors of the Freeport McMoRan Center, a significant new landmark on the downtown Phoenix skyline. Located at 333 North Central Avenue, the mixed-use complex will also feature 2,100 square feet of ground floor retail, premium office space and indoor parking. Surrounded by a choice of restaurants, shops and nightlife, the new hotel will be across the street from a METRO light rail station, where guests can hop on a train to Sky Harbor International Airport.

Mexico's drug wars, not immigration law, costing Arizona hotels a bundle

The Gadling released a story today entitled “Immigration law costs Arizona hotels a bundle” where the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association believes that tourists have cut back on their visits to the state because of its immigration law.

Their assertion couldn’t be further from the truth because it’s not Arizona’s immigration law that has prospective tourists making other plans.  It’s the violence spilling into the U.S. from Mexico’s drug wars that are to blame.

According  to a Los Angeles Times article, “Mexico Under Seige, more than 28,000 Mexican citizens have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since the start of 2007, shortly after Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on drug traffickers.  That’s more than the U.S. fatalities in the Iraq war.  There have been 45,000 Mexican troops and  5,000 federal police deployed to 18 states where trafficking groups are fighting local authorities and battling for access to the U.S. market.

Illegal immigration and drug smuggling have always been issues in this border state, but warring Mexican cartels are carrying violence to levels that have shocked law enforcement and government officials.  Arizona State Senator Jonathan Paton told the AFP that “It’s definitely being ramped up beyond anything we’ve ever seen before” and Senator John McCain asserts that this sort of violence is “a threat to our national security.”

Last week Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal to a judge’s ruling in favor of a Department of Justice petition to stop an Arizona immigration law that would have allowed state and local police to request visa papers from individuals stopped for questioning on other matters.

Nearly a dozen states filed a legal brief Friday in support of that law, arguing that the judge erred in ruling that the law interferes with the executive branch’s immigration enforcement priorities.

Tom Costello is the CEO, Partner & Co-Founder of Groups International, a company that provides marketing, consultative services, and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets.  Connect with him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook or contact him by email.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio and Lookout Mountain Golf Club are headed to the auction block

Hiton Tapatio

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and the adjoining Lookout Mountain Golf Club in north Phoenix are headed for the auction block.

A notice of trustee sale was filed at the Maricopa County Recorder’s office Aug. 23 and the sale is scheduled for Nov. 29. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the owner is exploring bankruptcy, which could potentially alter the time frame for any trustee sale.

The Pointe has been a popular destination for out-of-state conferences and locals because of the 18-hole golf course and exotic swimming pool, dubbed the Falls Water Village. It has several restaurants and a spa.

David Trumble, director of corporate communications for Hilton, said “Pointe Hilton resorts have been a Phoenix institution for more than 25 years … we can confirm that Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort remains open and fully operational.”

Hilton also operates the nearby Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, which is under separate ownership, and will not be impacted by the Tapatio Cliffs foreclosure, officials said.

Tom Costello is the CEO, Partner & Co-Founder of Groups International, a company that provides marketing, consultative services, and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets.  Connect with him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook or contact him by email.