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Conventions and meetings bring business travelers to cities and create an economic impact.

For the past three years, Orlando and Chicago have vied for the number one position as the top U.S. city for meetings, with Las Vegas closing in. Also, it has been the same 20 cities in the top 20 in the same period with Texas boasting the most cities — Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio for a single state.

Cvent pulled data from its platform that caters to hotels, tourism boards, and convention and visitor’s bureaus (CVBs) to evaluate more than 5,000 U.S. cities from July 2014 to June 2015. The criteria included unique request of proposals received, total room nights, awarded request for proposals, awarded room nights, among others.

Austin advanced the most out of all cities and climbed three places from twentieth to seventeenth while New Orleans fell three places to twelfth place, same rank in 2013. Although hotels increased by 15 percent increase in this group, 2015, nine out of twenty cities didn’t do enough to even out the supply and demand for meetings and events at venues with lodging.

The largest convention centers in America by square footage based on Statista’s 2014 data are in the top three cities McCormick Place, Chicago at 2.6 million square feet; Orange County Convention Center, Orlando at 2.1 million square feet; and Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas at 1.94 million square feet. However, this capacity doesn’t necessarily contribute to dollars for hotels, local businesses, and cities.

According to the last Convention Industry Council report, 85 percent of meetings in the U.S. are hosted at venues with lodging that generated more than 275 million room nights annually.

The Top 20 U.S. Destinations for Meetings

RankingCity NameChange from 2014Total Number of Hotels
1Orlando, FL1450
2Las Vegas, NV1167
3Chicago, IL-2149
4San Diego, CA1206
5Atlanta, GA-1173
6Washington, D.C.2117
7New York, NY-1446
8Dallas, TX-1614
9Nashville, TN1130
10Phoenix, AZ1129
11Miami, FL2116
12New Orleans, LA-3125
13Denver, CO199
14San Francisco, CA-2174
15San Antonio, TX0271
16Boston, MA177
17Austin, TX3161
18Scottsdale, AZ-274
19Houston, TX-1362
20Los Angeles, CA-1134

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Photo Credit: Cvent Connect convention for hotels, tourism boards and meeting planners at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cvent