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Cvent Unveils Lists of Top Meeting Destinations Worldwide for 2018


, a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality
technology, today released its annual lists of the top cities for
meetings and events worldwide. Three new regions are highlighted this
year: Caribbean and Latin America (CALA), Canada and Europe. The lists
were compiled based on sourcing activity through the Cvent
Supplier Network
. In 2017, more than 40 million room nights
worldwide and $14.7 billion of business were sourced through the Cvent
Supplier Network – helping to support more than 715,000 events around
the globe.

"When we first launched Top Destinations in 2012, the only cities
highlighted were located in the United States. Now, six years later, Top
Destinations includes six lists covering every region in the world,"
said Chris McAndrews, Vice President of Marketing for the Cvent
Hospitality Cloud. "Additionally, secondary cities like Guangzhou, China
and Hyderabad, India on the APAC list, and Aurora, Colorado and
Burlingame, California on the U.S. list, are making their first
appearance and are helping to drive their local economies by attracting
group business to their locales. The Cvent Supplier Network is the
world's largest platform for sourcing meetings and events, and our data
demonstrates that more events are being held all over the globe. This
highlights the overall strength and positive impact the meetings and
events industry has worldwide."

"We're thrilled to have been named the Top Meeting Destination in Canada
by Cvent, a recognition of our passionate community that is an industry
leader in the meetings and events industry," said Johanne Bélanger,
President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "Known as ‘Canada's Downtown,'
Toronto is a city renowned for big-ticket events, top attractions,
unique restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. We're excited to share the
energy found in our destination with each of the 400,000 delegates we
welcome to Toronto every year."

The top 10 cities in each region for 2018 are:



and Latin America


1. Orlando, Florida

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

3. Chicago, Illinois

4. San Diego, California

5. Atlanta, Georgia

6. Dallas, Texas

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. New York, New York

9. Washington, D.C.

10. San Francisco, California

1. Cancún, Mexico

2. Nassau, Bahamas

3. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

5. San Juan, Puerto Rico

6. San José del Cabo, Mexico

7. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

8. Guanacaste, Costa Rica

9. Riviera Maya, Mexico

10. Los Cabos, Mexico

1. Toronto, Ontario

2. Vancouver, British Columbia

3. Montreal, Quebec

4. Calgary, Alberta

5. Ottawa, Ontario

6. Mississauga, Ontario

7. Banff, Alberta

8. Edmonton, Alberta

9. Whistler, British Columbia

10. Quebec City, Quebec



East and Africa


1. London, England

2. Barcelona, Spain

3. Berlin, Germany

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Madrid, Spain

6. Paris, France

7. Frankfurt, Germany

8. Rome, Italy

9. Munich, Germany

10. Lisbon, Portugal

1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2. Johannesburg, South Africa

3. Cape Town, South Africa

4. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

5. Marrakesh, Morocco

6. Doha, Qatar

7. Durban, South Africa

8. Nairobi, Kenya

9. Sandton, South Africa

10. Cairo, Egypt

1. Singapore

2. Sydney, Australia

3. Bangkok, Thailand

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

5. Hong Kong

6. Shanghai, China

7. Melbourne, Australia

8. New Delhi, India

9. Tokyo, Japan

10. Mumbai, India


"The cities featured in this year's Top Destinations lists have invested
significant time, energy, and resources into building premier locations
that entice organizations, large and small, to plan meetings and events
in their areas," said McAndrews. "With meetings representing more than
13% of total travel and tourism spending and generating $845
in sales in the U.S. alone, they have become a major
economic driver for these markets. Because of this positive impact,
destinations are pulling out all the stops to attract group business,
and we expect to see this healthy competition continue."

"We are honored to be recognized once again as the number one meeting
destination in the U.S. by Cvent," said George Aguel, President and CEO
of Visit Orlando. "With new enhancements coming to our convention center
and airport, as well as the addition of new venue space, attractions and
exciting dining options, Orlando's continued investment in the meetings
and convention industry ensures our position as a top meetings


Destinations around the world compete on a variety of factors including
the accessibility of the destination and facilities for events, price
and price flexibility, quality of facilities, quality of services,
personal safety for attendees, and having a point of differentiation.

Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on the Cvent
Supplier Network
to compile the seventh annual list. Activity was
tracked from January 2017 through December 2017 and the ranking was then
determined by a set of qualifying criteria consisting of:

  • Unique Request For Proposals Received
  • Total Room Nights
  • Awarded Request For Proposals
  • Awarded Room Nights
  • Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues
  • Number of Profile Views

About the Cvent Supplier Network

Featuring more than 255,000 hotels, resorts and special event venues,
the Cvent
Supplier Network
(CSN), part of the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, is one
of the world's largest and most accurate databases of detailed venue
information. It connects venues and destinations with more than 80,000
corporate planners across all market segments, while also leveraging the
power of its strong user base of third party planners. In 2017, more
than 40 million room nights worldwide and $14.7 billion of business were
sourced through the Cvent Supplier Network – helping to support more
than 715,000 events around the globe. Event professionals can search
listings of hotels and other venues in more than 175 countries that can
be filtered based on approximately 200 meetings and events attributes.
Venues and destinations can utilize Cvent's Group Marketing Solutions to
leverage the power of these sourcing platforms, build brand awareness,
and generate qualified group and transient business leads. For more
information regarding the Cvent Supplier Network, visit
For more information regarding the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, visit

About Cvent, Inc.

Cvent, Inc. is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality management
technology provider with more than 3,200 employees, 25,000 customers,
and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software
solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue
selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing,
and web surveys. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and
venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels
use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud's digital marketing tools and software
solutions to win business through Cvent's sourcing platforms and to
service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping
them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire
event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world
to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more
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