• CWT Meetings & Events Names Minneapolis a Destination on the Rise for 2020

     
    POSTED September 23, 2019
     

Due to its influx of new hotels and venues, hosting of major events like the Super Bowl LII, vibrant music and food scene, and value, Minneapolis has been named a destination on the rise in 2020 by CWT Meetings & Events.

"The brand of the Bold North as a great destination which delivers a great experience – regardless of the weather – truly does aid in selling the Twin Cities," says Beau Ballin, commercial leader, North America, CWT Meetings & Events.

As the 13th largest metropolitan economy in the U.S., Minneapolis boasts more than just a unique cityscape. "The great outdoors, 10,000 lakes and Mall of America continue to be the backdrop for attracting events," Ballin says.

Tourism in Minneapolis continues to grow as the city is consistently ranked a top place to live and work, plus it was named a top outdoor city and ranked the healthiest city in North America by Forbes.

"Those who visit Minneapolis for national events or business meetings show a large propensity to return on personal vacation," Ballin says. "A vibrant city, world-class dining, local and national theatre, a growing list of business and boutique hotels against the backdrop of seasonally-inspired outdoor experiences have proven to be a significant draw. And of course, the Mall of America continues to pull in tourism from around the globe."

Though Minneapolis continues to struggle with being relatively unknown and perceived as having a short season due to its record-breaking cold spells, Ballin says the city's greatest strengths reside in its great air lift, strong service mindset and ability to surprise and delight as a destination.

"The addition of luxury supply and additional boutique hotels round out gaps the Twin Cities has historically had and definitely improves our attractiveness as an event destination," Ballin adds. "The Canopy by Hilton, the Hewing Hotel, The JW Marriott and the June announcement of a Four Seasons opening in 2022 in downtown Minneapolis are cause for excitement in a city previously dominated by 3-star business hotels."

The widely recognized Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, & Convention Center of Branson, Missouri, has captured the coveted “Best of MidAmerica Award” from Meetings Today magazine. Readers of the magazine determined recipients of the award, voting on a handful of the top MidAmerica meeting sites based off of quality of meeting space, guest rooms, services and amenities, food and beverage offerings, staff, availability of technical equipment, recreational facilities and activities, and overall experience.

 

Oklahoma City officials recently unveiled the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center’s new brand featuring a colorful, high-energy logo.

“Everyone has seen the rise of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center on the east side of Scissortail Park, and its completion will be another MAPS game-changer for our City,” says Mayor David Holt. “Today’s logo unveiling is another milestone on that path.”

 

Hard Rock International has announced its partnership with Clean the World (CTW), a leading organization in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). This partnership provides business travelers the opportunity to participate in a team-building activity while giving back to the community by putting together hygiene kits for those in need.