Business Traveler (USA) - - MEETING MATTERS -

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.

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