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Industry Overview

In the early days of Scottsdale’s hospitality industry, dude ranches and health spas flourished. In the 1960s the development of the local art industry and specialty shopping districts blossomed as the resort industry expanded. This ultimately gave way to the full service, amenity-laden properties that have made Scottsdale a successful destination for tourism for many years.

Today, Scottsdale is an internationally recognized tourism destination community, widely known for its golf courses, recreational amenities, climate and high-end resorts. An emerging Downtown with its urban “boutique” hotels, nightlife scene, numerous events and attractions, dining opportunities and art galleries complement the Old-Town western heritage and beautiful open spaces of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to provide visitors a unique and exciting destination for travel.

Top Local Firms

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess connects guests to the very best, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. With more than 70 hotels globally, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands.

Hotel Adeline

Located in downtown Scottsdale, Hotel Adeline completed a comprehensive renovation of the entire property in 2017. The property infuses an eclectic style and energy into the area's famous roster of eateries, nightlife and culture. From the well-appointed guestrooms to the on-site cafe, restaurant and pool area (plus a secret spot), every visit offers a fresh experience.


Located at the base of the McDowell Mountains, Westworld is the premier nationally recognized, multiuse event facility in the Southwest. With over 300,000 sq. ft. of climate controlled event space on 386 acres it is capable of hosting a wide variety of programs each year. Some of the most popular annual events include the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, and International Sportsmen’s Expo.

TPC Scottsdale

Opening in 1986, TPC Scottsdale has been home to the PGA Tour's annual Phoenix Open (currently named Waste Management Open) since 1987. When it is not hosting more than 700,000 fans over the course of a Waste Management Open, it operates as one of the “Top 10 Public Golf Courses in Arizona” according to Golf Digest. Woven into the Sonoran Desert with stunning panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, it boasts 36 holes of inspiring golf and upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience "a day in the life" of a PGA Tour player.

Scottsdale Stadium

Scottsdale Stadium is located in the middle of our scenic Old Town Scottsdale and is a short walk from a wide selection of restaurants, clubs and galleries. It is home to some of Scottsdale's most celebrated occasions including Cactus League Spring Training, Arizona Fall League and a series of year-round meetings and events. Hosting the San Francisco Giants each spring it consistently ranks near the top in average attendance with more than 10,000 fans each game. The City of Scottsdale has recently announced preliminary plans for a renovation and upgrade to the facilities that could total as much as $60 million and begin as soon as 2019.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a pristine, permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat that includes an interconnected network of nonmotorized, multiuse trails (hike/bike/horse) accessed from multiple trailhead locations. It covers 30,580 acres, includes 195 trails and more than 650 volunteers that donate their time to make sure residents and visitors have an amazing experience. Along with the views of the amazing desert landscape and wildlife, some of the biggest draws for the Sonoran Preserve include Gateway Trailhead, Tom’s Thumb, Thompson Peak. Best of all, the Preserve is open every day from sunrise to sunset, free of charge.

Scottsdale Resorts

Source: Scottsdale Tourism and Events Department, 2021
Company Rooms
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa 950
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 750
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa (Phoenix) 735
The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort 645
Talking Stick Resort (SRPMIC) 496
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch 493
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa 240
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villa 453
Scottsdale Plaza Resort 404
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley Scottsdale 378
Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale 350