Someone asked me today: "On what criteria or data is used that would consider a city a second tier city versus a first tier city. I know that most of us seasoned planners know that when you say New York, San Francisco, Chicago, we think â€first tierâ€ and Minneapolis, Denver, San Antonio â€second tier,â€ but what makes it 1st or 2nd tier?"
Ah, the age-old tier question, which, unfortunately, is one without any really great answers that I know of. According to the Convention Industry Council APEX Glossary, a second-tier city is â€A city where the space limitations of the convention center, the hotels, or the air lift, make the city more appropriate for smaller meetings and events.â€ But under that definition, New York would be second tier, which it generally isnâ€™t thought to be. They donâ€™t have a definition for first tier.
If you have a more scientific way of looking at what tier a city might fall into, I'd love to hear it either via e-mail or drop a comment below. Thanks!