Enterprise event management platform Cvent has announced its annual list of the top meeting hotels in the United States. Notably, Florida has 20 properties on the list, while Texas has 10 and Las Vegas has nine. Of the chains, Marriott Hotels has the most properties on the 2014 list with 24. Of the Top 10, the first four properties are divided evenly between Las Vegas and Nashville, Tennessee.
Leading the list of the Top 100 U.S. Meeting Hotels are the following properties from across the country:
1. ARIA Resort & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
2. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center – Nashville, TN
3. The Venetian and Palazzo Resort, Hotel & Casinos – Las Vegas, NV
4. Omni Nashville Hotel – Nashville, TN
5. Hyatt Regency Chicago – Chicago, IL
6. Hilton San Diego Bayfront – San Diego, CA
7. Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center – Grapevine, TX
8. Hilton Anatole – Dallas, TX
9. Fontainebleau Miami Beach – Miami, FL
10. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection – Las Vegas, NV
“Hotels are aggressively competing for group business, which can be a substantial part of their revenue mix and more profitable than leisure or transient business travel,” Bharet Malhotra, senior vice president of sales for the Cvent Supplier Network, said in a statement. “This year’s list has a number of changes throughout the top 100, including 18 new properties that knocked some off of last year’s list. Hotels are constantly investing in upgrades to their meeting and room space as well as their capabilities for supporting meetings and events.”
Cvent evaluated hotel properties that generated business through the Cvent Supplier Network from September 2013 through August 2014. The properties were ranked on various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs), awarded RFPs, total room nights, awarded room nights, major metropolitan area (MMA) market share, conversion rate, and the hotel's unique profile visits in the Cvent Supplier Network.
To qualify for inclusion, hotels had to have more than 50,000 square feet of total meetings space and more than 10 or more meeting rooms. The criteria are designed to provide the most accurate reflection of the top meeting hotels in the U.S.
Cvent estimates that $10 billion worth of group business will flow through its Supplier Network, a marketplace for group meetings business, in 2015. The Cvent Supplier Network has listings of more than 218,000 hotels, resorts and special event venues in more than 175 countries that can be searched and filtered based on approximately 200 characteristics and data fields.
The full list of the Top 100 U.S. Meeting Hotels is available here.