Chicago came out on top of Cvent's 2014 Top 50 list.
Cvent, the event management technology company, takes an annual dive into the booking activity on its Cvent Supplier Network, a database of hotels and special event venues, to crown its Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the U.S. This year, Chicago, Orlando, and Las Vegas were the top three cities among among Cvent users.
Cvent looks at six factors to rank the destinations: the number of unique requests for proposals a city’s venues receive through the Cvent Supplier Network and the total room nights those RFPs represent, the number of RFPs awarded and the room nights they represent, the percentage of venues in the city with more than 2,000 square feet of meeting space, and the number of profile views the city has received in the Cvent system.
Joining Chicago, Orlando, and Las Vegas at the top of the list of cities are (in order) Atlanta, San Diego, New York, Dallas, Washington, New Orleans, and Nashville. A complete list of the top 50 cities, along with the total number of meeting hotels and committable sleeping rooms in each, can be found on the Cvent Web site. LINK:
Senior vice president of sales for the Cvent Supplier Network Bharet Malhotra commented in a release that the data shows meetings in central locations were popular during the July 2013 to June 2014 ranking period. “Across several metrics, we have seen more booking and interest in Midwestern and other centrally located cities during the past 12 months,” he said. Notably, St. Louis, Mo., made the biggest jump from the 2013 list, climbing eight spots to No. 27.
Other notable changes in the 2014 list compared to the 2013 list:
• Louisville, Ky. (No. 45), and Chandler, Ariz. (No. 50), are new to the list, while Tucson, Ariz., and Schaumburg, Ill., have dropped from the top 50.
• New Orleans and Nashville climbed into the top 10 this year from their previous 12th and 14th positions, respectively.
• Orlando and Chicago flipped in the first and second positions.