What is the value of clean air to your ranking of convention cities?

Honolulu (picture up top) and New Orleans (above) lead the list of large clean air cities.
(Photos courtesy Calee-Allen and MNStudio -stock.adobe.com)

For us, adding a city’s sustainability as one of the most important factors of convention site selection will change things in 2019 especially if air quality is used as the primary indicator.

Consider the #1 spot in our ranking of best convention cities in 2018Las Vegas. Looking at air quality in major convention cities below, Las Vegas comes in last while Honolulu, a city not on the last year ‘s list at all, comes in first.**

Honolulu is strong for several other reasons  – sunshine, great walking and promotional appeal – along with one of the busiest airports in the nation. For this reason, we anticipate this city will take one of the top spots in our annual best places for conventions survey for 2019.

Here’s why we love clean air…

The Secretary-General of the World Health Organization recently called bad air the new tobacco due to its widespread, adverse health effects. This is especially true for older attendees or children.

Finding a clean place to meet is getting harder and harder, but some destinations are taking the lead by reducing traffic, advancing clean transportation and curtailing the burning of fossil fuels in industry and homes.

Is healthy air an important site selection factor for your meetings? Let us know in the comment box below!

**Using data meticulously complied by our friends at Penn Environment, we ranked convention cities by their number of “clean air” days. Below is a look at the ranking of the largest convention cities. The cities at the top of the list have the least likelihood of subjecting attendees to two of the most dangerous forms of bad air – that of high PM 2.5 particle pollution or ozone.


CityCVBMetro-PopulationChance for Clean Air Day**Recommended For
HonoluluMeet Hawaii992,76198%Groups up to and over 10,000+
New OrleansNew Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau1,271,19593%Groups up to and over 10,000+
SeattleVisit Seattle3,802,66093%Groups up to and over 10,000+
MiamiGreater Miami CVB6,107,43391%Groups up to and over 10,000+
BostonGreater Boston CVB4,805,94291%Groups up to and over 10,000+
MinneapolisMeet Minneapolis3,557,27690%Groups up to and over 10,000+
PortlandTravel Portland2,423,10290%Groups up to 10,000
San AntonioVisit San Antonio2,426,21190%Groups up to and over 10,000+
San FranciscoSan Francisco Travel4,699,07789%Groups up to and over 10,000+
OrlandoVisit Orlando2,453,33389%Groups up to and over 10,000+
AustinAustin CVB2,060,55887%Groups up to 10,000
TampaVisit Tampa Bay3,036,52586%Groups up to and over 10,000+
Kansas CityVisit KC2,106,38286%Groups up to 10,000
Atlantic CityMeet AC270,83086%Groups up to and over 10,000+
CharlotteVisit Charlotte2,475,51985%Groups up to 10,000
San Diego & VicinitySan Diego Tourism Authority3,317,20081%Groups up to and over 10,000+
ColumbusExperience Columbus2,046,97781%Groups up to 10,000
New York CityNYC & Company20,275,17980%Groups up to and over 10,000+
NashvilleNashville CVB1,868,85580%Groups up to and over 10,000+
DallasVisitDallas7,253,42480%Groups up to and over 10,000+
Washington, DCDestination DC6,150,68177%Groups up to and over 10,000+
Houston & VicinityGreater Houston CVB6,798,01077%Groups up to and over 10,000+
ChicagoChoose Chicago9,546,32677%Groups up to and over 10,000+
St LouisExplore St. Louis2,806,78275%Groups up to and over 10,000+
LouisvilleLouisville CVB1,284,84875%Groups up to 10,000
DetroitDetroit Metro CVB4,305,86974%Groups up to and over 10,000+
DenverVISIT DENVER2,851,84873%Groups up to and over 10,000+
IndianapolisVisit Indy2,005,61272%Groups up to 10,000
PhoenixVisit Phoenix4,648,49870%Groups up to and over 10,000+
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau6,077,15270%Groups up to and over 10,000+
Greater BaltimoreVisit Baltimore2,801,02869%Groups up to 10,000
ClevelandGreater Cleveland CVB2,060,06569%Groups up to 10,000
AtlantaAtlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau5,795,72368%Groups up to and over 10,000+
CincinnatiCincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau2,166,02967%Groups up to 10,000
PittsburghGreater Pittsburgh CVB2,341,53667%Groups up to 10,000
Salt Lake CityVisit Salt Lake1,185,97863%Groups up to 10,000
Los AngelesLos Angeles Tourism & Convention Board13,328,26162%Groups up to 10,000
Las VegasLas Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority2,156,72460%Groups up to and over 10,000+

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