MESA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU OFFERS ONE-STOP SHOPPING
FOR SPRING & SUMMER VACATION PACKAGES

Package Options Include Water Adventure, Wild West, NASCAR, Romance, Family Fun, Build-Your-Own & More

March 5, 2008 (MESA, Ariz.) – With most of the U.S. still under a layer of snow, there has never been a better time to consider a getaway to sunny Arizona. The warm season is already beckoning travelers to Mesa with spring temperatures on the rise and baseball’s boys of summer back on the field training throughout the Valley of the Sun. New this year for budget-minded travelers is a series of all-encompassing packages featuring spring and summer savings from area hotels, resorts and attractions.

Packages are offered through the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau and travel partner Award Vacations, a leader in private label vacation package programs. Serving as a one-stop travel resource, the Mesa CVB website, www.visitmesa.com, offers exclusive packages in several categories including Chicago Cubs Spring Training, Golf, Water Adventure, Wild West, Romance, Family Fun and NASCAR. Travelers wanting even more variety can book the “Build-Your-Own” package including hotel and attractions options throughout Mesa. All packages offer ala carte amenities including top attractions and activities, as well as car rental through Dollar Rent-A-Car. Visitors can also book their packages by phone at 877-677-5813. All package rates vary, depending on accommodation selection, number of room nights and guests, and add-ons. A 10% commission is offered to travel agents booking packages.

THE FOLLOWING PACKAGES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE MESA CVB & AWARD VACATIONS.

VISIT www.visitmesa.com FOR A COMPLETE LISTING:

Cubs Spring Training Package: Includes premium stadium seating at choice of home game, discount to area restaurants and choice of two nights or more accommodation. Package is available February 29 through March 27.

Water Adventure Package: Includes river rafting water adventure with Desert Voyagers Guided Rafting Tours with a minimum one night stay at selected hotels. Optional activities include Golfland Sunsplash Water Park (date restrictions apply), Stratum Laser Tag and more.

Wild West Package: Includes Wild West dinner and show at Rockin' R Ranch with a minimum one night stay at selected hotels. Optional activities include Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Arizona Museum of Natural History and more.

Show Up Now Getaway Package: Includes two all-access passes to Valley museums and attractions including Arizona Museum for Youth, Bead Museum, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Heard Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts, and Az Museum of Natural History. Requires a minimum two night stay at selected hotels with option to upgrade to a five day pass.

Family Fun Package: Includes Stratum Laser Tag plus dinner and admission to Arizona Museum of Natural History for entire family, minimum two night stay at selected hotels. Optional activities include Golfland Sunsplash Water Park (date restrictions apply), Desert Voyagers Guided Rafting Tours and more.

Romantic Getaway Package: Includes dinner and a show at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater and minimum one night stay at selected hotels. Optional activities include spa treatments at Different Strokes Relaxation Center, Rockin’ R Ranch show and dinner and more.

Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Package: Offered the weekend of April 12, 2008, package includes choice of tickets to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway, restaurant discounts with a minimum two night stay at selected hotels.

BOOK TEE TIMES & HOTELS TOGETHER OR SEPARATELY AT VISITMESA.COM

In addition to the packages featured above, Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau has an on-going partnership with OB Sports offering a series of golf packages on Mesa’s most renowned courses. Available online at www.visitmesa.com, or by phone at 866-747-9721, guests can book tee times in advance of their visit and have the option of adding accommodations to their reservation. Current packages feature Longbow Golf Club, Golf Club at Eagle Mountain and The Duke at Rancho el Dorado 

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About the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau:

The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau is responsible for marketing Mesa, Arizona as a leading vacation, small meeting and sports travel destination to regional and national target audiences, including travel agents and group tour operators, meeting planners, leisure visitors and media.

Editor’s Note: Readers can request a complimentary 2008 Official Mesa Arizona Visitors Guide at VisitMesa.com or by calling 800-283-6372.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Michelle Streeter, Director of Public Relations
Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Direct: 480-682-3638 Toll-free: 800-283-6372 x345
E-mail: Michelle@VisitMesa.com