3rd Annual Survey

What makes a top convention city? Well, for 2019 we’ve added Air Quality as a seventh ranking factor to Ease of Access, Affordability of Hotel Rooms, Safety, Walkability, Promotional Appeal and Weather. This one change really affected our standings. More than half on this year’s list are here for the first time. This includes our top three cities Honolulu, Portland (Oregon) and New Orleans and a host of other leaders in sustainability like Minneapolis and Rochester in Minnesota and San Diego and San Jose in California.

See what makes these places so great for meetings. Click on any of the cities below or check out our list of top “second-tier” convention cities. You may also use filters to do your own ranking of the entire convention locations directory.

    Note: Only cities with convention centers are eligible for the top 25 list.

    Ranking Factors: Ease of Access, Air Quality,
    Affordability of Hotel RoomsSafety, WalkabilityPromotional Appeal and Weather.

    >Ranking of all 167 USA convention cities used in the report.

    The top large meeting cities for 2019 are:
    New Orleans, Honolulu, Seattle, Orlando, NYC, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Las Vegas, Philadelphia

    >Criteria used for the ranking of the best convention cities in 2019

    Sources:
    https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml
    https://censtats.census.gov/cbpnaic/cbpnaic.shtml
    https://www.bestplaces.net
    http://openflights.org/airport/HND
    https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/passenger_allcargo_stats/passenger/media/cy15-cargo-airports.pdf
    https://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104877
    https://www.walkscore.com/
    https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data/land-based-datasets/climate-normals/1981-2010-normals-data

     

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