Compared to younger cities that have developed from a resort core that is just starting to grow its independent cultural institutions and haute-cuisine venues, metro areas such as NewYork and DC have multiple, unique facilities to engage groups both during the meeting and poststay. And transportation and a convenient location also factor in. It certainly doesn’t hurt that these cities tend to have superior international air access, either.
Another facet of top destinations is the commitment to the development of meeting-friendly infrastructure: for example, Chicago, Dallas, and DC have added new rail lines to airports; Nashville has debuted a new multi-purpose venue. New developments are what keep destinations fresh and top-of-mind.
All of these types of information factor into the creation of Cvent list, crunching a significant amount of data from our Supplier Network. What qualifies us to do this? The Cvent Supplier Network lists more than 218,000 hotels and special event venues in more than 175 countries, and is one of the world’s largest, most accurate databases of detailed venue information. Each year since the list’s inception, we’ve evaluated more than 5,000 US cities, with their activity tracked throughout the year to arrive at our conclusions.
The following are the top 10 US meeting destination cities of 2014, and what made them shine among planners.
The Big Three
Thanks to a plethora of meeting space and unique attractions, Chicago, Orlando and Las Vegas usually top every list for meeting groups, with each city trading off the chance to claim that coveted #1 spot from one year to the next. Chicago – This year, meeting activity in the Windy City coincided with a healthy amount of leisure interest. In fact, it was so healthy that July’s tourist numbers surpassed the one million mark for occupied hotel rooms – the first time in the city’s history that more than one million rooms had been sold in a single month. Total room demand for July was up 1.4 percent to a record 1,004,557 room nights, while contracted room demand was up 11.6 percent to a record 19,968 rooms.