Not long after announcing its top 100 U.S. meeting hotels, leading event management software provider Cvent has released its annual list of top meeting destinations. To create it, Cvent analyzed 5,000 U.S. cities from the Cvent Supplier Network. The rankings, which include 50 U.S. cities and 50 cities from around the world, are determined by key criteria such as the number of RFPs received, room nights booked and profile views.
Last year’s No. 1 city, Orlando, continues its reign at the top. The theme park capital of the world has held the top position for five of the last six years. Las Vegas has moved up from third to second, while last year’s No. 2, Chicago, is now third.
“Orlando continues to invest in our industry every year, with even more new additions to our expansive convention center district, innovative new venues and attractions, and more quality dining options for every type of group,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “To receive the honor of once again being recognized by Cvent as the No. 1 meetings destination in the country, only reinforces our ongoing commitment to this important industry.”
Being a top-ranked meeting destination gives cities more than bragging rights—it is also a key indicator of local economic strength. “Corporate events remain important economic drivers for cities globally, and we’re seeing a direct correlation between economic strength and event activity in our ranking,” said Kevin Fliess, vice president of marketing for Cvent’s Hospitality Cloud. “Cities that continue to invest in attracting more and larger meetings and events each year are directly investing in their local economy.”
Cvent also named top meeting destinations around the globe, separated into Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions. London maintained its first place position, with Barcelona following closely in second. The top two meeting destinations in APAC remained the same as well, with Singapore in first and Sydney ranked second.
The top 10 U.S. meeting destinations are listed below. Click here to see Cvent’s full list of top 50 U.S. meeting cities.
|2||Las Vegas, NV|
|5||San Diego, CA|
|9||New York, NY|