By now, you know Greater Palm Springs is a meeting oasis in the Southern California desert. Meeting here means trading in smog and traffic for sunshine, wide-open spaces and convenience. There’s a reason generations of stars, from Frank Sinatra to Leonardo DiCaprio, have always flocked to our destination. With more than 300 days of sunshine, attendees here will have a sunny disposition for the entirety of their visit.

But Greater Palm Springs wouldn’t be such a hot spot for meetings and events if we simply relaxed and rested on our laurels. Fresh additions and ever-evolving offerings create new reasons to bring a group here — and our Visit Greater Palm Springs staff is ready to showcase these exciting developments during your next visit.

Here are eight things you didn’t know about meetings in Greater Palm Springs. 

1. You’ll Find More Flights, More Often

Palm Springs International Airport

Airlift is a case where being direct is always preferable. To make it as easy as possible to touch down in Greater Palm Springs, 13 airlines offer nonstop service to and from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) from more than 30 destinations. Nonstop flights were recently added to and from Sacramento, California; Portland, Oregon; Chicago; Dallas; Austin; Oakland, California; Eugene, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; San Jose, California; and Reno, Nevada. Check out our flight map to see the best way to arrive.

2. Inspiration Begins on Arrival

Normally, travel day is the most hectic part of your trip. And while we can’t speak from where you are coming from, there’s no denying the experience at Palm Springs International Airport is a welcome departure from your typical trip. Despite serving more than 2 million travelers each year—what can we say, Greater Palm Springs is popular!—long lines are few and far between. In fact, the lushly landscaped grounds and open-air stroll passengers take here is a preview of the awe-inspiring scenery and surroundings that await.

3. Safety is a Top Priority

How destinations approach safety and well-being is a hot topic, but in Greater Palm Springs, we are in this together. That means your attendees come first, as evidenced by our community’s impressive 80%+ vaccination rate and destination-wide Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge. Our hotels and other venues naturally abide by all the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, so your attendees can have their peace of mind while meeting here.

4. We're cool as ice

Coachella Valley Arena Rendering

Among the new arrivals to the region is the 11,000-seat Acrisure Arena, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that planners will love. Not only will this space be home to the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL) franchise, the Coachella Valley Firebirds, it will also host concerts and large-scale events. Corporate groups will enjoy the 20 luxury suites, fitting 16 individuals apiece, and the four Club Areas. Whether you want to check out a game or take your meeting to a different locale, this venue will be for you.

5. The Unusual is usual here

Palm Springs Convention Center is without a doubt top-of-the-line. Yet it’s not the only venue where you can hold important and engaging meetings.

Consider, for example, taking a group walk on the wild side  at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Their latest exhibit — a 4-acre Rhino Savanna habitat — features a brand-new event space (one of 12 on-site) with incredible views of not only the habitat’s two rhinos but a variety of other native African species.

Or brainstorm under blue skies at the Sonoran Palm Springs, a 38,000-square-foot outdoor event space that includes a pool, cabanas, a pool bar, fire pits and an expansive lawn. Retreats, conferences and other gatherings will feel even more inspired in this relaxed and picturesque environment.

6. Make Team building An Adventure

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Greater Palm Springs takes team building to a whole new level (or in some cases, elevation). Your group can floor it on the track at the BMW Performance Center West, which also includes meeting space and excellent F&B (third-party planners should look into this commission program), or climb more than 8,500 feet aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Partner with Big Wheels Tours for a memorable 20-mile Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure. Don’t let the name scare you — it’s mostly downhill, with no turns and minimal traffic, making this manageable for cyclists of almost any skill level.

Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours does the driving for you during a guided Jeep excursion . A popular option is combining the Jeep Riddle Rally & Scavenger Hunt with a San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour.

7. There's no last resort here

A boat in the water at dusk at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort with the resort in the background.

Even if you have been here before, the hotels will feel fresh with exciting new upgrades:

8. Wellness is a Way of Life

There is a lot of talk about creating the right culture for producing great work. We take that a step further with venues sure to inspire innovation. Take the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, for example. Where else can you find a venue that includes a state-of-the-art spa, opening this year, and a tribal museum?  Book a full afternoon experience here, mixing education and relaxation.

La Quinta Resort & Club features five stunning golf courses for attendees who enjoy getting out in the fresh air as well as the on-site Spa La Quinta, where guests to partake in body renewal by soaking in their own private garden tub with a variety of bath truffle options. Mix yoga and meetings at Two Bunch Palms, a wellness retreat where attendees can enjoy soaking in private hot springs. Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis also offers unique spa and relaxation opportunities for groups to unplug and recharge.

Now that you’re all caught up, Greater Palm Springs is ready for you to see just how memorable your meeting here can be. From thrilling team-building experiences to wellness retreats to reimagined venues, we are a destination that continues to impress and inspire. Experience this meeting oasis for yourself!