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American Translators Association
44th Annual Conference
November 5-8, 2003
Pointe South Mountain Resort
Phoenix, Arizona

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Welcome to Phoenix

Upon arriving in Phoenix, visitors quickly discover the
near-perfect weather, genuine hospitality, and ease of transportation that make this region a premier destination.

With an average high of 85 degrees and more than 325 days of sunshine per year, smiles are wide, spirits are high, and the outdoors will beckon the adventurer in you.

Phoenix is a
growing metropolis that maintains a laid-back personality, where friendly people are in the majority, and superior service is to be expected.

How should I dress in Phoenix?
A. Casual and comfortable clothing is recommended. Some restaurants may require jackets and ties for gentlemen, but most do not. A sweater or lightweight jacket is advisable for the cool evenings from December through March.
Q. Is transportation available from the airport to hotels and resorts?
A. Ground transportation from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Greater Phoenix resorts and hotels is available via taxis, limousines and vans. Taxis are located at all airport terminals. Each company usually posts its fares or you can check with the driver about the charge per mile.
Q. Are there any public transportation options?
A. The Phoenix Transit System provides scheduled bus service every day except Sunday. Fares, times and routes are available by calling (602) 235-5000. The Downtown Dash Shuttle is also available for Free.
Q. How far is the Grand Canyon from Phoenix?
A. The Grand Canyon, located in northern Arizona, is a 5-hour drive from Phoenix and can be reached by plane from Phoenix in less than an hour. The South Rim is open year-round. The North Rim is open from mid-May through October, depending on weather conditions.
Q. I only have one day in town, what must I see?
A. Downtown Phoenix has many attractions including Bank One Ballpark, Arizona Science Center, Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix Museum of History, Heard Museum, and Phoenix Art Museum. There's also golf, great restaurants, endless shopping, pro sports, etc.
Q. What is Arizona's time zone?
A. Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time and is one of the few states that does not change its clocks for daylight saving time. This means that Arizona is on Mountain time for 6 months of the year and on Pacific time during daylight savings time.


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All information provided by the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Phoenix Ranks First for U.S. Low-Fare Air Destinations

For travelers hoping to save on airfare, no city can top Greater Phoenix when it comes to most destinations served.

Not only does Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offer low-fare service to more cities than any other airport (84), it also leads the nation in low-fare carriers' share of domestic flight seats for large metro areas (78 percent).

Located just four miles from downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor is the only airport in the country that boasts the largest operational center for two major air carriers America West Airlines and Southwest, the two largest low-fare U.S. airlines. America West's hub is located at Sky Harbor, and Southwest operates more flights through the Valley of the Sun than any other city. Low-fare carriers American Trans Air and Frontier Airlines also service Sky Harbor.

"Combine our incredible weather, majestic scenery and rich Southwest culture with low-fare opportunities, and Greater Phoenix is even more appealing to the business and leisure traveler," explained Steve Moore, the CEO and President of the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Phoenix Sky Harbor is the fifth-busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), while Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. with a population of approximately 3.2 million.

Today, only a handful of cities in the nation rival the world-class art, nightlife, golf, cuisine, resorts and spas, and much more that Greater Phoenix offers.

*Air Travel Sources: Back Aviation Solutions/USAToday, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
*Phoenix Visitor Sources: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Statistics Canada, D.K. Shifflet and Associates, Behavioral Research Center, Inc. and Elliott D. Pollack & Company.




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Phoenix Ranks First for U.S. Low-Fare Air Destinations

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City of Phoenix

Fun Facts
about Phoenix

· Phoenix is the sixth-largest U.S. city with nearly 1.3 million people
· Greater Phoenix has a 2.8 million people and covers 2,000 square miles
· Phoenix's elevation is 1,117 feet
· Greater Phoenix is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert
· Phoenix has an average annual rainfall of 7.66 inches
· The area's major industries are 1) high-tech manufacturing, 2) tourism, 3) construction
· Greater Phoenix has consistently ranked among the nation's top cities in the number of Five Diamond/Five Star resorts
· Greater Phoenix is home to over 200 golf courses
· Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by 21 airlines
· More than 12 million people visit Phoenix each year. More than 25 million people visit Arizona each year
· 8 out of 10 Greater Phoenix visitors plan to return for future visits
· Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world: South Mountain Park covers more than 20,000 acres
· There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix
· Phoenix has museums to suit nearly every taste
· Arizona is home to 23 reservations representing 21 different Native American tribes