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What's New(s) in Greater Phoenix

Spring 2020

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Phoenix T-Shirt Campaign Benefits Local Hospitality Community

Together We Rise T-Shirts all

Visit Phoenix has partnered with Hello Merch, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Local First Arizona, Arizona Small Business Association and local-based Another Round, Another Rally to offer direct support to our friends struggling within the Greater Phoenix hospitality community.

The “Together, We Rise” t-shirt series is available for purchase. All proceeds go straight to the Emergency Relief Fund with Another Round, Another Rally and will support Greater Phoenix-based applicants. Know someone laid off from a restaurant, bar, or hotel food and beverage during this crisis? Applications are now available for financial support!


Wednesdays With You

Wednesdays With You Instagram Live

Tune in to Visit Phoenix's Instagram Live series, where members of our Phoenix community will showcase an activity that you can participate in from home. The next episode of Wednesdays With You will take place May 13 at 4 p.m. PST.



El Chorro Margarita

Until we can return to sipping margaritas with all of our friends, some of our favorite Greater Phoenix watering holes have shared their recipes for you to enjoy at home.


What's Happening in Downtown Phoenix?

In addition to a brand new Valley Metro Rail extension, connecting the downtown core with south Phoenix, there are 2,176 housing units, 326 hotel rooms, and one million square feet of office space under construction. Find out how we’re continuing to grow through new construction and development projects.


Greater Phoenix Headlines


Three Greater Phoenix chefs and one restaurant named James Beard Award Finalists

Barrio Cafe

On May 4, the James Beard Foundation revealed three Greater Phoenix chefs and one restaurant have been named finalists for the 2020 awards. The finalists in the Best Chef – Southwest category include Silvana Salcido Esparza of (now closed) Barrio Café Gran Reserva in Phoenix and Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot in Scottsdale. Phoenix’s Pizzeria Bianco, helmed by Chris Bianco, is a finalist in the Outstanding Restaurant category.


AAA announces three arizona hotels and one restaurant with 5 diamond status

South Foyer at The Phoenician
South Foyer outside The Phoenician Grand Ballroom. Photo credit: Visit Phoenix/The Phoenician

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, The Phoenician and Kai Restaurant (located at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass) have all received AAA’s Five Diamond Award for 2020. The Five Diamond rating system recognizes 119 hotels and 67 restaurants nationally, according to AAA, which amount to less than 1% of the nearly 60,000 AAA-rated hotels and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Dozens of Arizona resorts earned the Four Diamond mark.


sheraton grand at wild horse pass earns two Five Star Ratings

Aji Spa at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse PassPhoto Credit: Aji Spa at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Forbes Travel Guide, the world-renowned and global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, unveiled its 2020 Star Award winners, rating both Aji Spa and Kai restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass with its Five-Star Award. This marks the first time Aji Spa has received this award, and Kai has meticulously maintained the top honor for 12 years. With this achievement, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is now the only resort in Arizona to boast both a five-star spa and restaurant within its collection of luxury amenities.


PHX Sky Train Project Receives Sustainability Award

PHX Sky Train Aerial View of Plane

Sky Harbor International Airport’s PHX Sky Train Stage 2 project has received an Envision Gold Award for sustainability from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. This is the airport’s first Envision award and the third Envision-awarded project in the state.


Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley Resort Construction Moves Forward

The Palmeraie Shops at Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley

Progress on one of Greater Phoenix’s most-anticipated hospitality projects isn’t missing a beat. The 215-room resort, being constructed across 20 acres, is the centerpiece of the $2 billion, 122-acre master-planned community that will also include 81 luxury residences, 39 single-family estate homes as well as a shopping, dining and office district. Five Star Development is on target to complete construction in the fourth quarter of 2020.


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