"Our group business has declined dramatically, but we are optimistic because there is a limit as to how long any business or organization can postpone travel," said Mike Surguine, chairman of the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
represents the hospitality industry in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
Surguine also is vice president and general manager of the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley.
"The good thing is that we are seeing more activity.
We are getting more inquiries in terms of future group business for 2009 and 2010," he
As the economy bottomed out, metro Phoenix saw the introduction of more than 1,500 hotel rooms with the opening of the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, the W Scottsdale and the InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa, which helped mitigate the drops.
"As demand for rooms declines, occupancy declines, and rates follow that (as hoteliers) pursue occupancy," Surguine
"Let's face it, nobody's crystal ball is all that accurate right now," Surguine