Greater Phoenix Scores High with Conde Nast

PRNewswire PHOENIX Oct. 20 :
Conde Nast Traveler magazine listed eight Greater Phoenix properties among
its 75 Top North American Resorts in the 2003 Readers` Choice Awards.

The Phoenician Resort & Spa ranked #3, The CopperWynd Resort & Club ranked
#29, The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North ranked #35, The Boulders
Resort & Spa ranked #40, the Royal Palms Resort & Spa ranked #49, the
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain ranked #52, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge
Resort tied at rank #73 with the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Also listed
among the Top 75 Resorts is the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, one hour
north of Phoenix, which was ranked #19.

The 2003 Readers` Choice Awards, which appears in the November 2003 issue
of Conde Nast Traveler, was compiled from more than 32,000 selected reader
responses. Resorts were evaluated on five essential characteristics:
rooms, service, food/dining, location, overall design and
activities/facilities.

The selection of eight highly regarded resorts is a further indication
that the Greater Phoenix area has evolved into a premier top-tier
destination for both leisure and meetings travelers. With the frequency of
flights and low fare options into Sky Harbor International Airport, the
region is preparing for a strong visitor showing this winter season.

“National and international marketing programs developed by destination
marketing organizations like ours, on behalf of Greater Phoenix, has
raised awareness of the area as a premier resort destination with top
spas, championship golf, shopping, culture and cuisine,” said Doug
MacKenzie, director of communications for the Greater Phoenix CVB. “This,
in turn, generates additional economic impact for the region.”

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More than 13 million people visit Greater Phoenix each year, contributing
more than $6 billion directly to the area`s economy. Tourism in Greater
Phoenix also accounts for approximately 225,000 jobs.

For more information, please contact Stacy Reading at the Greater Phoenix
Convention & Visitors Bureau at (602) 452-6252 or click to
http://www.visitphoenix.com/.
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