WISE-2009 will take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. This distinguished venue is a beautiful Waldorf-Astoria resort, and we hope it will enhance the 20th Anniversary WISE experience. You may consider arriving a day or two early to enjoy this property!
In addition to the block of rooms we reserved for Sunday December 13 and Monday December 14, a limited number of rooms is available at the WISE rate for December 11-12 and December 15-16.

You can reserve your room online.
Use Group/Convention code WPCS (under "Special Accounts" heading, after specifying the dates and room preferences).

The WISE room rate is $169/night and it shows as the rate for the W.P. CAREY SCHOOL. There is a mandatory $25/night resort fee covering access to the spa and fitness center, high speed internet, use of the 18 hole putting course, local calls and long distance access. During online reservations this will show as the standard $28/night fee, but the discounted $25 rate will show on your actual bill.

Please note that the resort fee isn't included in the total estimated cost of your reservation.

The Phoenix Airport is large, and you need to take a shuttle to/from the rental cars area. Please take this into consideration for your departure flight and allow an extra 30 min to drop off a rental car. If you only require transportation to/from the WISE and ICIS hotels, you may want to take a taxi or use a shuttle service instead of renting a car. If you do rent a car, the Biltmore charges $12/night for self-parking and $27/night for valet parking and parking charges are comparable at the ICIS hotel.

Transportation to/from Airport and Marriott Desert Ridge (ICIS hotel)

The Biltmore Concierge recommends ExecuCar Town Car Service (602-232-4600), which has cars waiting at the hotel. The rate to/from Sky Harbor Airport is $33, and 4 people can share a car at this rate. The trip is 5.5 miles and takes 20-25 minutes. Other options include taxis which run $22-$32 one-way, or the SuperShuttle service at $14 per person. 

Marriott Desert Ridge Resort:
To go to the ICIS 2009 hotel from the Arizona Biltmore, the ExecuCar sedan rate is $46 and can be shared among 4 people. The trip is 15 miles, and takes 20-25 minutes. The WISE Co-Chairs arrange for transportation to ICIS via the ExecuCar Van Service late on Tuesday afternoon. The rate is $110 per van, which can be split by up to 10 passengers.

Click here for a map with the above information and driving directions from the Arizona Biltmore to the Marriott Desert Ridge.

Transportation information from Kevin Bies, Arizona Biltmore Concierge:

Thank you for choosing to stay at the “Jewel of the Desert”.  We look forward to making your stay special.  Regarding transportation to and from the airport, as well as point-to-point transportation around the Valley, we usually recommend using the ExecuCar town car service.  This is a very professional, courteous, and reliable transportation company contracted through the Biltmore and they are capable of accommodating up to four guests per car (depending on the quantity of luggage).  For airport pick-up, ExecuCar provides will-call transportation for $33.  For this service, you would simply contact ExecuCar at (602) 232-4600 upon arrival at the airport.  The driver will then be waiting for you just outside the terminal.  If you would like assistance with your luggage, you can arrange a “meet and greet” pickup for $58 by contacting ExecuCar directly or by speaking with any one of the Biltmore Concierge Desk staff.  ExecuCar does provide point-to-point transportation for hotel guests with flat rates dependent upon the traveling distance.

Other transportation options include taxis which run approximately $22-$32 each way, or a private shuttle service which is generally $15 per person.

If you need any further assistance or have any questions regarding transportation, reservations or activities while in the Valley, please feel free to contact me.  We look forward to your stay.

O: 602-955-6600 |  F: 602-381-7600
email: KevinB@arizonabiltmore.com

Important Dates
Submissions accepted:
Tuesday September 1, 2009
Submission deadline:
Tuesday September 15, 2009
Notice of acceptance:
Tuesday October 13, 2009
Drafts due for discussion:
Tuesday November 24, 2009
Online registration opens:
Tuesday October 27, 2009
Early registration closes:
Tuesday November 24, 2009
Online registration closes:
Tuesday December 8, 2009