Walkabilityaffordablilty of hotel roomsease-of-accesssafety and tourism options are city assets that make for a good convention. We’ve measured these things for 166 cities nationwide to come up with our rankings. 

Smaller, so-called “second-tier” cities, gained ground in this year’s rankings because of more attractive hotel rates and that trend may accelerate for other reasons in the future with safety concerns around COVID-19. Pittsburgh, Boise and Tampa are three examples. All have affordable room rates and above average scores in most other areas like safety. Pittsburgh excelled in the tourism ranking factor which also considers a city’s parks. A few other cities in our top 25 with an abundance of city parks are St Paul, Madison, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon. 


    *SEE: Explanation of the criteria used for the ranking of the best convention cities in 2020

    Note: Only cities with convention centers are eligible for the annual top 25 list.  Click here to see the ranking of all 166 USA cities used in the report.

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    Ranking of 166 major Convention and/or Meeting Cities In The USA