Cvent Ranks the Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the US
The nation's capital may reside in Washington, but Orlando, Florida is the capital of U.S. business travel in 2015.
Cvent Inc.'s annual list of the top U.S. meeting destinations ranks the Theme Park Capital of the World No. 1, revealing 450 meeting hotels, 118,000 sleeping rooms and more than 3,000 committable sleeping rooms. Only Dallas had more meeting hotels, while only Las Vegas had a higher total number of sleeping rooms.
Orlando's ascent to No. 1 — the city also ranked first in 2013 — came at the expense of Chicago, which fell two spots to No. 3, with Las Vegas rising up to No. 2.
San Diego and Atlanta, which traded places on the list this year, round out 2015's top five once again.
Washington moved up two spots to No. 6, followed by New York, Dallas, Nashville, Tennessee and Phoenix. Tenth-ranked Phoenix is the only newcomer to 2015's top 10.
Lesser-known destinations to make Cvent's top 50 list include Grapevine, Texas (No. 23) and Rosemont, Illinois (No. 34).
No. 43-ranked Pittsburgh was by far the biggest riser in 2015, climbing 14 spots and into the top 50. Joining Pittsburgh as a top-50 newcomer in 2015 are Jacksonville, Florida (No. 47); Tucson, Arizona (No. 48) and Charleston, South Carolina (No. 50).
Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 25) rose an impressive nine slots this year. However Indianapolis and Long Beach, California experienced the biggest drops, plummeting five spots each to Nos. 31 and 49 respectively.
California, Florida and Texas are represented more than any other states in 2015, with each boasting seven different cities on the list.
Cvent is a Virginia-based software company specializing in meeting management technology.
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