There's something about the desert that really appeals to people," says Karen Schmitt. A planner with Houston-based International Meeting Managers, Schmitt brought 450 members of The Society of Pediatric Radiology to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson for a week-long meeting in May. Attendees were pleased with the reasonable shoulder-season room rates, she says. They also enjoyed the resort's five-star facilities, the spectacular desert setting, and the renowned Ventana golf courses.

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