SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The 45th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show,
Feb. 18 to 27, is expected to draw nearly 200,000 visitors.
Although hotel space is tight, some availability can be found
nearby, especially during the middle of the week, according to
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the closest upscale hotel to
WestWorld, the equestrian and events center, is among the
beneficiaries of the 10-day event, according to Carol Vail,
director of sales and marketing.
"What I learned in this, my first year at the Princess, is that
smart [travel] agents snagged their rooms for repeat and newly
cultivated clients as early as September, long before the annual
February event," said Vail.
The Princess has been sold out in both its standard rooms and
casita suites for the opening weekend and the finals weekend since
October; some limited weeknight availability existed at press
Expectations for the 2001 show are that savvy agents will be
booking the hotel as early as August, she said, adding that the
hotel's new spa will increase demand.
This year's finals weekend, Feb. 25 to 27, is virtually sold out
for hotels within a two-mile radius of WestWorld. Even opening
weekend and midweek rooms are at a premium at nearby properties,
but accommodations are available in hotels outside a five- to
The official travel agency for the horse show is Getz
International Travel, Scottsdale. Getz also reports soldout opening
and finals weekends with limited weeknight availability at Sierra
Suites Hotel, Sleep Inn, Resort Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites,
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Fairfield Inn-North and Country Inn
& Suites, all within a 15 minute drive of WestWorld. So, what
is an agent to do for a client who still hopes to attend the
"Fortunately, Scottsdale is blessed with numerous facilities in
most price ranges and if a guest is willing to drive an extra 20 to
30 minutes to WestWorld, there are a number of comfortable
accommodations that will please the most discriminating visitors,"
said Phoenix-based Bob Pichnarcik, an associate with Balboa
Meetings & Incentives.
Suggestions for midweek include: Fairfield Inn-North, Courtyard
by Marriott and Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, while Scottsdale
Marriott McDowell Mountain reported availabilities Feb. 18 to 21
and 25 to 26, with the nights of the Feb. 23 and 24 being
Marriott's three resorts within a 30-minute drive of WestWorld
all report availability for the full 10-day period of the show:
Mountain Shadows, Camelback Inn and Renaissance Cottonwood.
Phone: (800) 228-9290
The Inn at the Citadel reported some boutique style suites
available from Feb. 21 to 27. According to Lorraine Irving, general
manager, travel agents qualify for Arabian Show rates of $229 to
$269 for themselves. The property is about three miles north of
Inn at the Citadel
Phone: (480) 585-6133
In Old Town, rooms were still available at Homestead Village
Guest Studios, 45 minutes from WestWorld. The first seven nights
are commissionable. The new Gainey Suites Hotel had rooms available
Feb. 20 to 27 at press time.
According to Jane Kaster, director of sales, "We welcome
last-minute calls from agents."
Standard one-day show ticket prices are $10 per person per day
for general admission to the grounds and to the bleacher seats in
the covered Equidome. Grounds access and reserved seating in the
Equidome cost $15 per person per day. Evening sessions in the
Equidome require an additional ticket of $10 for general admission
and $15 for reserved seating. Children ages 12 and younger are
admitted free with an adult.
According to Michele Johnson, president of the Arabian Horse
Association of America, advance reserved and general admission
tickets for the 10-day event will be available until Feb. 10.
General admission level multiday tickets are from $50 per person;
reserved seating is $150 per person. Both ticket plans allow ground
event access and day/evening Equidome performances.
Advance packages are available through Dillard's Ticket Service
through Feb. 10. General admission and reserved seating tickets are
available at Dillard's and, after Feb. 18, at the show's box
Phone: (480) 503-5555
As of Feb.18, tickets also are available at the show entrance at
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Phone: (480) 515-1122