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Tucson’s largest resort adds conference center

Courtesy Hilton El Conquistador

TUCSON, Ariz. — An executive conference center is part of a $6 million upgrade at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, southern Arizona’s largest resort.

The 428-room resort’s conference center is a freestanding building, designed to meet the standards of the International Association of Conference Centers. IACC certification is pending. The center, for groups of 10 to 100, is said to be the first of its kind in Tucson.

“With a number of pharmaceutical, financial, and high-tech, industry-leading companies based in Tucson, we saw demand in the area for a full-service conference center,” said Lynn Ericksen, general manager, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador. “The Executive Conference Center at Hilton El Conquistador will satisfy this need and benefit local businesses as well as out-of-state companies that choose Tucson as their conference destination.”

Among the 11,000-square-foot facility’s eight meeting rooms is a permanent boardroom with a built-in 70-inch LED television for presentations. Most of its meeting rooms have windows and some have balconies with views of the Catalina Mountains.

All rooms have audiovisual equipment, ergonomic chairs, work tables with nonreflective surfaces and built-in electrical outlets. Two dedicated break areas offer continuous refreshment service.

El Conquistador is known for its green efforts — it was the first in Tucson to receive Green Certification from the Arizona Tourism and Lodging Association — and the executive conference center is also designed to be energy efficient.

A staffed business center provides technical support, express shipping and other business services. In addition to the conference center, the El Conquistador has more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

Another aspect of the resort’s upgrade was the addition of Epazote Kitchen and Cocktails, this fall. Epazote Kitchen offers dishes that use locally sourced specialties such as Arizona grass-fed beef, Southwest mountain trout, locally produced cheeses and Arizona-grown produce.

Other enhancements at the resort in northwest Tucson include a redesigned lobby and lobby lounge and 16 resurfaced tennis courts.

Awarded with the AAA Four Diamond rating 28 years in a row, the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador is the largest golf resort in southern Arizona. It offers 45 holes of golf on three courses as well as the West’s largest resort tennis facility and on-site spa services.