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!

  • 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
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