Phoenix was selected the Best-Run City in the World in 1993 by the Carl Bertelsmann Foundation and the Best Managed city by Governing magazine in 2000.
The Heard Museum has an extensive collection of Native American artifacts, including the largest kachina doll collection-donated in part by the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater-of any museum in the country.
The area's major industries are 1) high-tech manufacturing, 2) tourism, 3) construction.
Greater Phoenix has consistently ranked among the nation's top cities in the number of Five Diamond / Five Star resorts.
Phoenix/Scottsdale was rated the nation's top hotel destination in the 1997 Zagat Survey of frequent travelers.
Metro Phoenix has more than 52,000 hotel rooms.
Greater Phoenix is home to over 200 golf courses.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by 21 airlines.
More than 12 million people visit Phoenix each year. More than 25 million people visit Arizona each year.
Visitors to Greater Phoenix account for about $5 billion in expenditures each year.
Three pro golf tourneys have regular stops in Phoenix: The Phoenix Open (PGA), the Standard Register Turquoise Classic (LPGA) and The Tradition (Senior PGA).
Greater Phoenix plays host to seven major league baseball teams each spring as part of the Cactus League. The San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and Anaheim Angels conduct their annual training programs in the metro area while the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and the Chicago White Sox train in Tucson.
Phoenix is home to many different motor sports. Included are Indy Car and NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway, drag racing at Manzanita Speedway and boat racing at Firebird International Raceway.
8 out of 10 Greater Phoenix visitors plan to return for future visits.