When selecting a new tennis racket, golf clubs or ice skates, it’s often useful to ask a simple question: “What Do the Pros Use?”
Staring in 2018, our “best convention cities” survey will blend in the comments of meeting sourcing pros so meeting and convention planners can see some of their favorite meeting destinations and hotels.
Recent comments from meeting sourcing pros
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
“This is a timeless classic that makes for an astounding “wow” environment that is not available elsewhere. The owners have put in significant investment to make it an art deco masterpiece that’s earned landmark status. It approaches five stars. They have high marks in service too for the groups I’ve had there in recent years.”
Review by an area specialist:Steve Burke, CMP For help with your group, contact at:5/5
The New Toyota Music Factory option is a game changer to bring business to the Irving Convention Center. Excited to see and know that attendees will find fun new options all within a quick transfer from the airport. The convention space itself will help engage attendees, and their options for onsite dining will save on the budget line.
Review by an area specialist:Darla Huckaby, CMP For help with your group, contact at:5/5
Savannah is a beautiful, quaint city located on the Savannah River, and just a few miles from the beach. It’s as historical as it is gorgeous, with many squares and parks along its Spanish moss-draped lined streets. Savannah has a ton of quaint shops and great restaurants. Majority of the hotels are located in Historic Downtown, many with views of the Savannah River.
Review by an area specialist:Ken Schwenker, CMP For help with your group, contact at:5/5
In Baltimore, I like the convention center, Hilton and Marriott downtown. The rates are usually very affordable and the hotels offer spacious and updated rooms. It’s a 15 minute drive or easy light rail from the airport. Once there, there’s plenty of food, shopping and entertainment – endless things to do!
Review by an area specialist:Jill Kraatz, National Account Manager For help with your group, contact at:5/5
Houston has great HQ hotels, very walkable and the city is fantastic to work with!!!!
Review by an area specialist:Leigh Camel For help with your group, contact at:5/5
“I love the fresh feel of the renovation they recently completed on their meeting space, guest rooms and restaurants. I also appreciate that they have highlighted the local craft beer scene in San Diego with a Brew Pub set to open in January of 2018. Having enjoyed working with their events team for nearly twenty years, I can honestly call them experts in their field.”
Review by an area specialist:Martin Davis For help with your group, contact at:5/5
“One of Minneapolis’ most unique assets is the skyway system. It links most of downtown with above-ground climate controlled walkway system that will get you the Minneapolis Convention Center to most of the spots in downtown Minneapolis without ever stepping outside. This is HUGE during those cold months.”
Review by an area specialist:Jasmine Eldeen For help with your group, contact at:5/5
“I have had such great experiences with the Minneapolis Convention Center and Meet Minneapolis. They work as a team and also work very closely with the hotels that will be housing the attendees. They make the contracting piece seamless. Everyone was on the same page and we always got quick responses. The convention center is beautiful and they have excellent food.”
Review by an area specialist:Debbie Van Ravenhorst For help with your group, contact at:5/5
“The Orange County Convention Center and Visit Orlando teams are very easy to work with, as are the hotels. The destination attracts attendees due to the large array of entertainment, dining, bars, shops, etc. This is the main reason my larger association clients prefer Orlando. There are an abundance of large hotels surrounding the convention center, all walking distance, very safe, and affordable compared to other parts of the country. The OC Convention Center is also enhanced with covered sky bridge connectors for ease of walking between the major hotels and the facility”
Review by an area specialist:Beth Hoffman, CDS For help with your group, contact at:4/5
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
“For a standalone meeting, I would choose the Hyatt for affordability, flexibility and being newly renovated. It has the largest ballroom in the city, so there’s endless the flexibility for a multitude of setups. The location is also great. You can walk across the street to the convention center or fountain square a block away… they are also on the path of the new street car.”
Review by an area specialist:Beth Schlinkert - Global Account Director, HPN Global - Cincinnati Area, KY For help with your group, contact at:4/5
The Westin Cincinnati
“The Westin in Cincinnati is a great property for a standalone event; I am very comfortable sending groups there. It has a real presence downtown and probably the best location, right across from Fountain Square, very central walkable to activities, restaurants. The hotel is very well maintained; they keep up with the Westin brand. My groups have always had great service.”
Review by an area specialist:Karen Andreassen, Director, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe For help with your group, contact at:4/5
“Reasonable rates, newly remodeled rooms, lobby area, meeting space and restaurant.”
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