Meetings, events and hospitality technology provider Cvent has announced its lists of the Top Destinations and Top Meeting Hotels for meetings and events worldwide. The lists, which had been published annually, are returning after a three-year hiatus since the COVID pandemic disrupted the meetings and events industry in early 2020.

The lists, which are compiled based on sourcing activity through the Cvent Supplier Network, are broken out regionally by North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa.

Among North American meetings destinations, Orlando retained its number one spot from 2019, while both Nashville, and San Diego rose in the rankings. Newcomers to the Top 10 list of North American destinations include Austin, TX and Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ.

Top 10 Meeting Destinations in North America 
1. Orlando, Florida 
2. Nashville, Tennessee 
3. San Diego, California 
4. Las Vegas, Nevada 
5. Chicago, Illinois 
6. Atlanta, Georgia 
7. Dallas, Texas 
8. Austin, Texas 
9. Phoenix / Scottsdale, Arizona 
10. Denver, Colorado 
During the pandemic, many hoteliers leveraged the downtime to upgrade and renovate their properties for the post-pandemic travel boom. Among the Top 10 North American meetings hotels on the Cvent list, five underwent significant renovations in the last two year, while the Number One hotel on the list, the Grand Hyatt Nashville, is a new-build property opened in late 2020.
Top 10 Meeting Hotels in North America 
1. Grand Hyatt Nashville 
2. Omni Nashville Hotel 
3. Fairmont Austin 
4. The Westin Charlotte 
5. JW Marriott Austin 
6. ARIA Resort & Casino 
7. Bellagio Hotel & Casino 
8. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa 
9. Renaissance Nashville Hotel 
10. Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 
The Top Meeting Destinations rankings were based on activity among the 12,500-plus cities worldwide listed on the Cvent Supplier Network between January 2022 and December 2022. Criteria included the number of total room nights booked through the Cvent Supplier Network, the number of unique electronic RFPs sent to venues within the city, and the actual awarded value for meetings booked.
The Top Meeting Hotels were ranked according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs), awarded RFPs, total room nights, awarded room nights, major metropolitan area market share, conversion rate, and response rate during the January 2022 to December 2022 time frame.

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“The critical role the meetings and events industry plays in bolstering local economies worldwide was never more apparent than when that business disappeared overnight during the pandemic,” said Stacey Fontenot, Cvent’s senior vice president of marketing. “Fortunately, destinations and hotels alike have seen a dramatic comeback from pandemic lows as they benefitted from the pent-up demand for in-person experiences.”

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