Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, a Navajo Nation Gaming subsidiary, is the only Flagstaff, Arizona, destination to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award. How this plays out in your meetings and events is a challenge well worth the effort. Stunning architecture, personalized experiences and an infusion of Navajo culture hoisted the property to its AAA platform just a year after opening. As big of a deal as this is, it’s the care that Navajo Gaming has taken to ensure the flagship hotel preserves its local roots that is making a monumental point.
“We had a vision in the early development of Twin Arrows to hire and train a predominately Navajo workforce,” states Navajo Gaming’s CEO Derrick Watchman.
The resort’s overall ambiance incorporates the Four Worlds of the Navajo Creation and Emergence story—the importance of basket weaving in Navajo culture is reflected in resort-wide weave patterns.
Heather Austin, director for Twin Arrows’ PR rep, the Ferraro Group, says locals play a considerable role in creating the “wow” moments that are beginning to characterize the property and meetings and events held therein. “We’ve arranged everything from Navajo cooking demos to interactive art exhibits,” she says. “Last year, Navajo artists turned a painting that was collaboratively put together by a visiting group into a masterpiece—powerful experience.”
Austin says low-momentum meetings have been known to get a lot more interesting once local basket weavers, jewelers and rug weavers are brought into the mix.
Aside from the cultural injection, the 200-room hotel, recently expanded by 110 rooms, offers planners over 10,000 sf of meeting/event space, including a modern 9,000-sf banquet center.