• Best Midsized Cities for Business Meetings

     
    POSTED October 2, 2018
     

RewardExpert, a free service that helps people utilize credit card and travel rewards, has released its 2018 ranking of Best Midsized American Cities for Business Meetings. The purpose is to help business owners find locations for meetings and conventions that are budget friendly and provide the same level of enjoyment offered by more expensive cities. The ranking is broken into six major geographical areas and based on 20 data indicators divided into these main categories: affordability, climate, commute, business atmosphere, events, accommodation and dining, and safety. Nine Colorado communities made the top 25 list for the Mountain West. 

2 – Arvada
5 – Centennial
7 – Westminster
8 – Greeley
9 – Thornton
10 – Fort Collins
11 – Boulder
17 – Pueblo
21 – Lakewood 

What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of Traverse City? Beautiful. Fun. Adventure. Perfect? That last one might seem hard to attain, but when it comes to a destination for meetings, Traverse City is second to none. It really has it all—world-class conference facilities, outdoor activities to connect your attendees, farm-to-table cuisine and breweries and wineries to tempt every palate.

 

Northwest planners looking to take advantage of the experiential travel trend need look no further than Victoria, British Columbia, for their next meeting or event. Located on Vancouver Island, the provincial capital is a natural playground with boundless beauty, upscale comforts and casual elegance. “We know that organizations are looking for meetings and incentive travel options that can’t be replicated,” says Miranda Ji, vice president of sales for the Victoria Conference Centre and Business Events Victoria.

 

Philadelphia was one of just two U.S. locations on National Geographic’s list of best trips for 2020. The magazine describes the city as “a scrappy underdog with a heart of gold” and uses words like “vibrant” and “creative” to describe this formerly industrial city. That’s good news for meeting planners and should certainly boost attendance at meetings. And adding to the excitement are shopping, entertainment and restaurants cropping up around the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC), glitzy new hotels and renovated attractions with event space.