by Michael J. Shapiro | July 26, 2018
Meetings-technology juggernaut Cvent has released its annual lists of top meetings destinations. The lists, released this week during Cvent's largest-ever Connect user conference, are the company's most globally encompassing to date: A half-dozen cover six major international regions, doubling last year's number. New this year are the top destinations in Canada, as well as the Caribbean and Latin America region. Last year's EMEA list has been divided up, separating Europe from the Middle East and Africa. The United States and Asia Pacific round out the total. 
 
As always, the lists are based on sourcing activity in the Cvent Supplier Network. More than 40 million room nights were sourced (though not necessarily booked) through the network in 2017, or $14.7 billion worth of business - representing 715,000 events during the course of the year, around the globe.
 
"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," noted Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for the Cvent Hospitality Cloud. "This highlights the overall strength and positive impact the meetings and events industry has worldwide."
 
United States
The United States' top 10 changed little compared with last year, with Orlando, Las Vegas and Chicago retaining the top three positions. Some reshuffling occurred among the other top cities; San Francisco made its way into the top 10 this year at the expense of Phoenix, which dropped out. See the top 50 list here.
 
1. Orlando
2. Las Vegas
3. Chicago
4. San Diego
5. Atlanta
6. Dallas
7. Nashville
8. New York
9. Washington, D.C.
10. San Francisco
 
Caribbean and Latin America
Half of the inaugural Caribbean and Latin America top 10 are Mexican destinations, with the remaining cities a mix of Caribbean and Central American destinations. No South America cities made the top 10. The entire top 25 can be found here.
 
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
 
Canada
The inaugural Canada list, which consists of 10 cities in total, features Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal as the top three cities.
 
1. Toronto
2. Vancouver, British Columbia
3. Montreal
4. Calgary, Alberta
5. Ottawa, Ontario
6. Mississauga, Ontario 
7. Banff, Alberta
8. Edmonton, Alberta 
9. Whistler, British Columbia
10. Quebec City, Quebec
 
Europe
The Europe top 10 is nearly identical to last year's EMEA top 10. The only newcomer is number-10 Lisbon, Portugal, which replaces Prague in the top 10. The full top 25 can be found here.
 
1. London
2. Barcelona, Spain
3. Berlin
4. Amsterdam
5. Madrid
6. Paris
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Rome
9. Munich
10. Lisbon, Portugal
 
Middle East and Africa
Because last year's EMEA list didn't acknowledge any of MEA in the top 10, this year the region has its own spotlight. The full top-10 list is as follows:
 
1. Dubai
2. Johannesburg
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
 
Asia Pacific
This year's Asia Pacific list features top-10 newcomer New Delhi, while Seoul, South Korea, drops out of the top 10. Singapore again tops the list. The full top 25 can be found here.
 
1. Singapore
2. Sydney
3. Bangkok
4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
5. Hong Kong
6. Shanghai
7. Melbourne, Australia 
8. New Delhi
9. Tokyo
10. Mumbai, India
 
To compile the lists, Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities featured in the Supplier Network, tracking activity from January through December 2017. Qualifying data included total unique requests for proposal received, total room nights, number of awarded requests for proposal, awarded room nights, percentage of qualified meeting venues and the number of profile views.