Thanks to a wealth of meeting facilities in so-called “second-tier” markets, bringing together like-minded professionals can be quite cost-effective. Meeting facilities and accommodations in second-tier cities are usually more affordable than in larger markets. (Convention organizers and guests are also likely to find lower tax rates.)

Here’s three more reason to choose a second-tier (or third-, fourth-, or fifth-tier) city for your next convention.

— WARMER WELCOME: Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) in second-tier cities may be more helpful than CVBs in larger markets that are mostly interested in the large convention planners.

— CONVENIENCE: Ease of travel is important to convention attendees. If you’re hosting a regional convention, choosing a second tier city can minimize travel times and hassles because these days, driving a car is often more efficient than flying.

— FIRST-CLASS VENUES: Some second-tier cities like Austin, Salt Lake CityPittsburgh, Cincinnati; and Indianapolis boast state-of-the-art convention centers. Convention-goers accustomed to first-tier destinations will be duly impressed – and may well appreciate the change of scenery.

Check out these so called ‘Second Tier’ convention cities!

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    Albuquerque
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    Anchorage
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    Austin
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    Brunswick-Golden Isles
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    Buffalo
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    Chapel Hill
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    Charleston West Virginia
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    Cincinnati
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    Cleveland
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    Columbus
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    Council Bluffs
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    Greater Providence
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    Greater Springfield
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    Hartford & Central
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    Houston & Vicinity
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    Indianapolis
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    Jacksonville & the Beaches
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    Juneau
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    Kansas City
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    Memphis
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    Metro Tucson
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    Milwaukee
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    Nashville
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    New Orleans Metropolitan
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    Newport
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    Newport News/Hampton
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    Norfolk
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    North of Boston
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    Omaha
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    Palm Beach County
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    Pasadena
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    Pinehurst-Greater Fayetteville
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    Pittsburgh
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    Raleigh
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    Sacramento
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    San Antonio
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    San Jose
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    Southwest FL-Lee Island Coast
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    St Louis
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    St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra
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    Topeka
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    Virginia Beach