by Michael J. Shapiro | August 13, 2014
Chicago claimed the number-one ranking in Cvent's Top 50 Meeting Destinations this year, beating out former winners Orlando and Las Vegas. The meetings technology supplier evaluated data from more than 5,000 U.S. cities represented on the Cvent Supplier Network. "One of the stand-out trends this year is out of the destinations' control: location," noted Cvent Supplier Network vice president of sales Bhalet Malhotra. "Across several metrics, we have seen more booking and interest in Midwestern and other centrally located cities during the past 12 months." In addition to Chicago's climb to the summit, the trend is evidenced by St. Louis making the biggest jump since last year, shooting up eight spots to number 27. Central cities New Orleans and Nashville broke the top 10 this year, and Louisville, Ky., made its debut on the Cvent list. To compile the top cities, Cvent tracked activity between July 2013 and July 2014, looking at the following criteria: number of unique requests for proposal received, total room nights, awarded requests for proposal, awarded room nights, percentage of qualified meeting venues and number of profile views. Without further ado, the top 50 destinations are:

1. Chicago
2. Orlando
3. Las Vegas
4. Atlanta
5. San Diego
6. New York City
7. Dallas
8. Washington, D.C.
9. New Orleans
10. Nashville
11. Phoenix
12. San Francisco
13. Miami
14. Denver
15. San Antonio
16. Scottsdale, Ariz.
17. Boston
18. Houston
19. Los Angeles
20. Austin, Texas
21. Philadelphia
22. Grapevine, Texas
23. Seattle
24. Kissimmee, Fla.
25. Anaheim, Calif.
26. Indianapolis
27. St. Louis
28. Baltimore
29. Fort Worth, Texas
30. Tampa, Fla.
31. Minneapolis
32. Fort Lauderdale
33. Rosemont, Ill.
34. Charlotte, N.C.
35. National Harbor, Md.
36. Arlington, Va.
37. Irving, Texas
38. Hollywood, Fla.
39. Portland, Ore.
40. Kansas City, Mo.
41. Coronado, Calif.
42. Carlsbad, Calif.
43. Columbus, Ohio
44. Long Beach, Calif.
45. Louisville, Ky.
46. Alexandria, Va.
47. San Jose, Calif.
48. Salt Lake City
49. Newport Beach, Calif.
50. Chandler, Ariz.

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