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Fifth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

Intercultural Competence: Traditions and Transitions

Lodging and Location

Westward Look Resort

The conference will be held at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona (245 E. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704; Phone [toll free]: 1.800.722.2500; Phone [local]: 520.297.1151).

About the Westward Look
Located in the Foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Westward Look Resort is one of Tucson’s premier resort lodging accommodations. There are a number of short hiking trails located on the property itself, as well as a lifetime’s worth of hiking and biking trails in the four mountain ranges surrounding the city of Tucson. The Westward Look also has horseback riding—we recommend especially their sunset ride—and a spa, if you are in the mood for some relaxation. If you have time to arrive early or stay on after the conference, this is a good opportunity to take advantage of the cheap rate we have secured at a resort of such high quality (the special rate is good before and after the event as well). See the hotel website for information about their dining options.

The special group rate is $155 single/double and $165.00 triple/quad per night plus tax (currently 13.05%). The resort fee is waived for bookings made with the conference reservations link. In addition to the discounted rate, people booking with the conference code can take advantage of these perks: a 15% discount on Sonoran Spa and Resort outlets; the $20.00 daily resort fee is waived (including valet parking, access to the Fitness Center, Wireless internet in sleeping rooms). The conference rate is available three days before and after the conference, based on availability.

Cut Off Date
The deadline for booking at the conference rate is 12/28/2015. After this date the room block will be released and the resort may charge more and/or be unable to provide accommodations.

Cancellation Policy
Please note that reservations must be canceled a minimum of 14 days in advance of the first night's stay to avoid a cancellation fee.

Making a Reservation
All lodging reservations must be made directly with the Westward Look. You can book your room by using the conference reservation link, or you can call the hotel (1-800-722 2500) and mention the event name: “Intercultural Competence Conference”.

Location of the Westward Look
The Westward Look is not in downtown Tucson and since there is no metro system in Tucson or extensive network of public transportation near the hotel, you may find it best to stay at the Westward Look if you will not have a vehicle while you are at the conference. (There will be some information on this website about public transportation soon.) However, the resort does have a couple of small shuttles that are available to transport guests to nearby shopping and dining locations (within a five-mile radius). If you wish to take advantage of this service, you will want to let the resort personnel know about your plans in the morning. Also within walking distance are a large supermarket and drugstore, as well as a variety of restaurants; these are just under a mile from the resort's front door.

Tucson Attractions

The snowbirds are right: Tucson is spectacular in the winter! While the city may boast average temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s in late January, you may be fortunate to get a glimpse of snow in the Santa Catalina Mountains, soaring above at 9,000 ft.

Below are some resources that can help you plan your trip to the Tucson area:

  • The city's Convention and Visitor's bureau offers a general overview of the attractions in and around Tucson.
  • Tohono Chul Park is located within minutes of the Westward Look Resort.
  • The Arizona-Sonora Desert museum is an outdoor museum located in the Tucson Mountains (approximately 30 min driving from the resort). Part museum and part zoo, it showcases the ecology of the surrounding desert and is a truly unique destination.
  • Catalina State Park is a short drive north from the resort, and boasts both spectacular hiking trails as well as excellent mountain biking trails.
  • Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson’s largest canyons, and is accessible both by tram and by foot. For the heartier of hikers, the Phoneline Trail and Blackett’s Ridge Trail leave the basin of Sabino Canyon for spectacular views overlooking the canyon and city.
  • The University of Arizona and the nearby University Avenue, 4th Avenue, and downtown areas have a number of restaurants and lots of shopping. They are equidistant between the airport and the resort.
  • Staying on in Tucson after the conference? Tucson’s Gem and Mineral Show is justly famous. Officially it starts on January 30th, but roadside attractions begin before that all over town. It is the largest gem show in the U.S. and there are many bargains to be found!