This fits in line with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s comment that“Chicago’s tourism strategy is about more than showing off our great city to visitors from around the country and globe; it’s about creating jobs and economic opportunity for every Chicagoan and every neighborhood. These results show the potential of this part of our economy to continue to return significant dividends.” Orlando – Last year’s #1 and this year’s #2, Orlando is consistently named among the top destinations for meetings in the world for its services and amenities, and for its incredible portfolio of hotels that fit a wide variety of budgets. This year, Orlando’s tradeshow industry grew by 1 percent in the second quarter of 2014, marking its 16th quarter of consecutive growth, according to the most recent Center for Exhibition Research (CEIR) Index report.
At Universal Orlando, Loews Hotels & Resorts announced the 1,000-room, Caribbean-themed Sapphire Falls Resort, to open in 2016 with 131,000 square feet of meeting space. Meanwhile, Loews Royal Pacific Resort has an expansion of more than 56,000 square feet of meeting space in the works for fall 2015.
Other changes in the past few years have included new retail, dining and entertainment options, plus additions to theme parks. Among these, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open in November 2014, featuring the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts as 150,000 guest rooms – meaning it can deliver the right facilities for just about every type of meeting.
With so much room, Las Vegas especially excels at tradeshows. Last March,Vegas celebrated two decades of being voted the #1 Tradeshow City in Trade Show News Network’s 2013 TSNN Top 250 Trade Shows in the US.
By the end of this year,Vegas expects to have completed more than $2.6 billion of new and renovated venues, encompassing 44,000 square feet of meeting space and 1,955 guest rooms.