Like the Arizona canyons and desert sky that inspired its architecture, the Phoenix Convention Center must be experienced in person to be truly appreciated. But technology is catching up. Thanks to a new virtual tour of the convention center, meeting planners now can take a vividly realistic stroll though the facility without ever leaving their desks.

The virtual tour covers nearly every corner of the Phoenix Convention Center’s 900,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, and online users can explore the complex’s environs at their own pace, click by click, guided by a helpful narrator.

The tour is integrated into a detailed floor plan of the convention center, which allows meeting planners to select the ballrooms, meeting spaces and pre-function areas they want to see; each click opens a virtual door to images that showcase the spaces from floor to ceiling and pan 360 degrees. All the while, the narrator provides basic information about the spaces’ dimensions and capacities.

A meeting planner who got a sneak peak at the virtual tour was impressed.

“This is done really well,” said John Buckley, CMP, Director of Meeting Services for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “It gives a good feel for the center, and I like being able to advance through the floors as if I was walking the space. Although it can’t completely replace a site visit, it’s a great starting point. I can see it being used as a refresher when planning a show, something that could save a trip or two.”

The virtual tour of the Phoenix Convention Center was produced by Rockin’ Media. Click here to view the virtual tour.