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Top 10 Destination Cities in the US

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Adam Bailey

So, you are in charge of planning an awesome company meeting.  What is the first step? No, it’s not going to Bowtiebags.com and ordering awesome guest welcome bags (that will come later!).  The first step to planning a successful meeting is choosing the right destination city.

Choosing a destination city is one of the most important, and most exciting, parts of planning any corporate meeting, conference, convention, wedding or any event.  But not just any city will do. When choosing the destination for a company meeting, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration. From the number of hotels to the size of the convention centers, there are many things that a city must ‘check off’ before you decide to host a large gathering there.

Choosing the perfect destination city can be overwhelming.  With so many factors to consider, where does one even begin?  Luckily, we have pulled data from industry-leading website Cvent and are here to give you the list of the Top 10 destination cities in the United States!

 

#10  Phoenix, AZ

 

The city in the desert begins the list at number ten.  With a combination of more than 300 days of sunshine a year and a yearly average temperature of 75 degrees, Phoenix is truly a year-round destination city for corporate meetings, conferences, and conventions.  With hotels and resorts ranging from the luxurious to the budget-friendly, there is something here for everyone. And when event guests have some off-time, there are plenty of entertainment and cultural options to choose from, including an endless supply of golf courses.

Notable Convention Center:

Phoenix Convention Center Encompassing 900,000 square-feet of rentable space, and situated in the heart of downtown, the Phoenix Convention Center is the go-to place for meetings and events.  It is also convenient for travelers and is located less than six miles from the nearest airport.

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#9  New York City, NY

 

The Big Apple surely does it big when it comes to conferences, corporate meetings and conventions.  As one of the world’s major international destination cities, New York City attracts tens of millions of visitors and event attendees every year.  And for good reason. With a growing inventory of 113,500 hotel rooms, large-scale event venues throughout the five boroughs, and a world-class transportation system, it is no wonder why New York attracts event organizers planning their next big meeting, conference or convention.  And as for entertainment options? Endless, and with something for everyone.

Notable Convention Center:

Jacob K. Javits Convention CenterSpanning six city blocks, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center combines size with amenities.  Housing multiple kitchens with the capacity to feed thousands, plus Wi-Fi internet access, the amenities here are top-notch.  Convenience for out of town guests and event attendees is a bonus: one of the city’s many subway lines stops right outside the center.

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#8  Dallas, TX

 

Dallas is a go-to destination for meetings and conventions because of its centralized location and proximity to both coasts (just four hours away by air).  The city is served by two major airports, and getting from the airports to downtown is a breeze thanks to Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Along with easy accessibility, Dallas also has a strong business climate, a thriving cultural scene, and plenty of options for corporate meetings, conferences, and events of varying sizes.

Notable Convention Center:

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center DallasOne of the largest convention centers in the country, this space is perfect for large-scale corporate events.  The facility features close to 100 meeting rooms and two large ballrooms.

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#7  Nashville, TN

 

The Music City hasn’t been missing a beat when it comes to providing a great experience for out of town event attendees.  With deep musical roots and a laid-back southern charm, Nashville is a city guests love to frequent. It is also conveniently located, situated 600 miles from around 50 percent of the U.S population.  The city’s multiple convention and event centers allow for a wide variety of meeting locations. History is big in Nashville, with some of the event facilities also serving as city landmarks.

Notable Convention Center:

Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention CenterThe largest non-gaming convention center in the United States, this venue offers 600,000 square-feet of event space.  On-site dining and shopping options make it a one-stop shop.

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#6  Washington D.C

 

The nation’s capitol comes in at number six on the list.  With different unique and historic sites and landmarks, Washington D.C. offers guests options that no other city can.  Top-notch public transportation makes it easy to get from one of D.C’s many hotels to the meeting or convention location.  All together, Washington D.C. has more than 36,000 hotel rooms and 2.2 million square feet of convention center space.

Notable Convention Center:

Walter E. Washington Convention Center Taking up over two million square feet, this convention center offers a total of 77 meeting rooms of varying sizes and setups.  Just six miles from the nearest airport, meeting attendees will have no trouble getting to their destination.

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#5  San Diego, CA

 

The city of beaches, sunshine, and good-times cracks the top five.  With 120 meeting hotels and event venues, planning the perfect meeting is easy in San Diego.  With an abundance of dining and entertainment options spread out over one of many culturally diverse and unique neighborhoods, guests will have plenty of ways to spend their downtime.  And with an international airport only located three miles from the downtown, event guests will not have to travel far.

Notable Convention Center:

San Diego Convention CenterLocated in the heart of downtown, the largest convention facility in North America offers a convenient location coupled with panoramic views of the city and the bay.  Many notable conventions are held each year in this 2.6 million square-foot facility, including Comic-Con.

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#4  Atlanta, GA

 

Atlanta is one of the best cities in the United States to plan a meeting or convention for a number of reasons.  The city is within a two-hour direct flight of 80% of the U.S. population and is serviced by a large, international airport. Atlanta also has hundreds of meeting, conference, and convention venues spread across four districts.  Each district combines hotels at varying price points, multiple dining options, and convention venues of different sizes. Altogether, Atlanta has a very collaborative hospitality industry that is perfect for meetings and events.

Notable Convention Center:

Georgia World Congress CenterOne of the top-five largest convention facilities in the country, meeting planners have flocked to this center for its 3.9 million square-feet of space, along with its close proximity to the downtown area.

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#3  Chicago, IL

 

The Windy City isn’t a place organizers should blow past when planning their next meeting or convention.  With two large airports and a top-notch public transportation system, event attendees will have no problem getting from their hotel or airport to the meeting location.  Also, Chicago’s centralized location makes it ideal for guests traveling from all parts of the country.

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Notable Convention Center:

McCormick Place The largest convention center in the United States, McCormick Place has almost three million visitors each year.  With 1,200+ hotel rooms connected to the center, guests will not have to travel far to get to their meeting.

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#2  Las Vegas, NV

 

You know the Sin City was going to be high on this list.  With almost 200 hotels and more than 10.8 million square feet of event space across the city, Las Vegas is one of the world’s top cities for conferences and conventions.  With limitless entertainment options close to the hotels and convention spaces, guests will have plenty to keep them busy.

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Notable Convention Center:

Las Vegas Convention CenterOne of the largest and most well-equipped convention centers in the country, the venue is also only 3.5 miles from McCarran International Airport.

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#1  Orlando, FL

 

Coming in at number one on the list is none other than Orlando.  While known mainly for its world-class theme parks and resorts, the city attracts more than just tourists and families.  With the second-largest concentration of hotel rooms in the country, Orlando has become the go-to city for meetings and conventions.  Add on its numerous entertainment options and warm weather, and you have a destination attendees won’t want to leave.

Notable Convention Center:

Orange County Convention Center Located just 15 minutes from the airport, and with over 1.1 million square feet of event space, this is one of the largest convention centers in the United States.

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