The Snowbirds Are Coming!
JetBlue Airways recently announced it will begin seasonal nonstop service between New York and Palm Springs this winter, offering snowbirds within corporate groups more chances to stay warm this winter in the Coachella Valley. In addition, WestJet out of Toronto just expanded its flight options to Palm Springs as well. This is good news for those winter traveling groups looking to escape the dead of winter and revive staff in the warmth of sunny Palm Springs.
The new JetBlue flights will run daily from Thursday through Monday from Jan. 14 to May 1. Seats are already on sale, with one-way fares starting at $99 between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). In the past, groups had challenges finding available flight to the desert communities and now with the expanded air travel options, this challenge is one in the past.
According to Scott White, president and CEO of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as shared in the recent Desert Sun article– “This is something we’ve been targeting and working on for a long time, so it was nice to see it come to fruition”
More frequent service could also make the Coachella Valley an attractive choice for corporations deciding where to send valued employees as a reward for their hard work. Corporate events will be easier to schedule in the valley, as well.
Dave Clark, vice president of network planning at JetBlue, noted that “winter-weary East Coasters can escape to this desert getaway with 350 days of sunshine easier than ever before. Palm Springs’ re-emergence as a destination and the area’s nationally recognized events like Coachella (music fest) make it the perfect addition to our transcontinental route map.”
The new flights provide a value add to the Coachella Valley as an attractive winter travel destination, giving one more reason to visit the sunshine state.
Adding to the positive press is more exciting news developing in the desert region with a second convention center being proposed for the Coachella Valley, with organizers calling it one of the largest indoor meeting spaces in the region. The Saxony Group, a Palm Desert real estate development firm, is looking to develop a 140,000-square-foot convention center in La Quinta by renovating a former Sam’s Club with hopes to have the space fully operational by April 2016. The new convention center space is ideal for groups looking for one large, contiguous indoor space, or for groups facing booking challenges within the current Palm Spring Convention Center.
The Palm Springs Convention Center underwent a $32 million renovation in 2005. The facility boasts 261,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, while the main exhibit hall covers 112,000 square feet, making the proposed Coachella Valley space slightly larger than the existing convention center.
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