Scottsdale resort adds to its meetings facilities

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort augmented its meetings facilities with the addition of the 12,000-square-foot Arizona Ballroom in January.

"The demand was there," said a Hyatt Regency spokeswoman, "and now we can do things with larger groups."

The Arizona Ballroom is divisible into eight separate meeting rooms and can accommodate 910 people banquet style and 1,390 people theater-style.

The ballroom is wired for high-speed Internet access and has teleconferencing, multiple-source imaging projection (the ability to project anything from slides and overheads to computer screens and images of the speaker and display these projections anywhere in the ballroom) and the ability to record from anywhere in the room.

In addition to its interior amenities, the Arizona Ballroom was designed with after-meeting breakouts in mind. There are two foyer spaces that open to a 2,700-square-foot Desert Garden and the 1,200-square-foot Arizona Patio. The Desert Garden and Arizona Patio both are used to host cocktail receptions and luncheons for guests.

The addition of the ballroom gives the hotel 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including 17 meeting rooms housed within one wing of the hotel, six conference suites, two boardrooms, a 9,000-square-foot, terraced outdoor ballroom and the Arizona Ballroom's sister room, the Regency Ballroom.

The Regency has 14,000 square feet of space and can accommodate 1,200 people banquet-style or 1,550 theater-style.

"Having the two rooms allows our guests to set up on line on a 24-hour basis. They can have their computers in one room, and we can entertain them in the other," said Terri Benich of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale's group sales department.

Although the size of the groups that the Hyatt Regency can accommodate has remained at about the 450-room, 1,600-person level, the size requirements that the hotel can satisfy has changed. "Before, we could only accommodate groups with simple set-ups and no breakouts, exhibits or complicated audiovisual needs. Now we can host those groups that need more space and more complicated sets," said Benich.

Another aspect to the Hyatt as a meetings destination is the group activities that are available. Speakers, activities and seminars are available on subjects that range from Native American culture and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna to tequila tastings.

According to Benich, these activities work well as breakouts and are popular with the Hyatt Regency's meetings guests, as are more traditional activities such as water sports and golf.

For information, call (480) 991-3388, fax (480) 483-5550 or visit www.hyatt.com.

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