by Michael J. Shapiro | May 15, 2018

Meetings-technology giant Cvent released its annual rankings of the world's Top Meeting Hotels today, based on an analysis of booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network. More than $14.7 billion and more than 40 million room nights were sourced through the network in 2017 -- though not necessarily booked -- supporting the planning of more than 715,000 events across the globe.

In response to increased demand and buyer preferences, Cvent also will publish sub-lists that will reveal top properties in various segments, as well as commonly searched attributes like conference-space size and specific regions. That breakdown will be available over the coming weeks.
"There are quite a few noticeable shifts in our Top Meeting Hotels lists, emphasizing a robust, growing marketplace," said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent's Hospitality Cloud. "Hotels cannot rest on their laurels if they want to attract more group business in the years ahead."
United States
In the U.S., the top spot didn't shift -- that was held for the second consecutive year by the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. But two new properties entered the top 10 this year: the Hilton Anatole in Dallas at number 5 and the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta at number 10. 
Among newcomers to the nation's top 100 were the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo; the new Fairmont Austin, in Texas; the InterContinental Miami; the New York Hilton Midtown, and the Phoenician, in Scottsdale, Ariz. 
For the second consecutive year, Marriott International, Hilton and Hyatt Hotels were the most represented hospitality companies, in that order. Gaylord held the nation's top two spots, as the number 2 property was the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine. Nashville and Las Vegas each were represented twice in the top 10. The complete top 100 list of U.S. properties can be found here.

Click the chart below to see the top 10 properties in each category. 

Overseas, Hilton swept the top three spots in Europe, with the Hilton Prague, the Hilton London Metropole and the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station. In fact, the company snagged six of the top 10 spots in the region, with Germany's Hilton Munich Park (6), the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona in Spain (7) and the Hilton London Paddington (9) also in the mix. The company still trailed Marriott in terms of top-50 representation, with IHG coming in at number 3 in the region.
Germany was best represented among countries in the region, with 12, followed by Spain, with 10. The complete top 50 list for Europe can be found here.
Asia Pacific
This region's rankings experienced the most shakeup, with a newcomer, the Hyatt Regency Sydney, bursting into the top spot. Also new to the top 10 were the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay (3); the Hilton Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (4); the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore (5); the Hilton Tokyo (6), and the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok (8). 
As in the U.S., Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt were the three most represented companies. The top 50 APAC properties can be found here.
Middle East and Africa
The list of the top properties in the Middle East and Africa debuts this year, with the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai taking the number 1 position. Five other Dubai properties cracked the top 10 as well, including the Conrad Dubai (2), the InterContinental Dubai - Festival City (3), the Grand Hyatt Dubai (4), the Fairmont Dubai (5), and the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (6). 
Dubai is best represented on the top-25 list, followed by South Africa. Marriott and the Radisson Hotel Group are the top two companies, followed closely by Hilton, Hyatt and AccorHotels.

The Middle East and Africa's top 25 can be found here.