Orlando held onto its No. 1 spot in 2018 as the top city for meetings and conventions in the U.S., according to Cvent.
Cvent has produced an annual list of top convention cities since 2012. The meetings and conventions management technology provider tracked meeting activity from January-December 2017 to compile its 2018 list. The rankings are based on several criteria, including unique requests for proposals received, total room nights, awarded room nights, percentage of qualified meeting venues and number of profile views.
Orlando bested Las Vegas (No. 2) and Chicago (No. 3), which were followed by San Diego, Atlanta, Dallas and Nashville.
However, don't think for a second that Orlando is content to rest on its laurels.
“With new enhancements coming to our convention center and airport, as well as the addition of new venue space, attractions and exciting dining options, Orlando’s continued investment in the meetings and convention industry ensures our position as a top meetings destination," said George Aguel, CEO of Visit Orlando, the region's tourism bureau.
According to Cvent, meetings represent more than 13 percent of total travel and tourism spending and generate $845 billion in sales in the United States alone.
"They have become a major economic driver for these markets," said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud.
Orlando ~ FAQ’s:
Meeting hotels: 265
Convention center space: 4.6 million square feet
Largest exhibit space: 2.1 million square feet
Average hotel room rate: $121
Source: Orlando Business Journal