Dallas Ranked a Top 5 Meeting Destination in the U.S. by Cvent
Placement on Cvent List Reflects VisitDallas' Efforts to Attract Top-Tier Corporate Events and Support Local Economy
DALLAS, July 16, 2019 – VisitDallas announced today it has been ranked No. 5 on Cvent's list of the Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States for 2019, having ranked No. 6 in 2018. Dallas is the only Texas destination ranked in the Top 10. Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events and hospitality technology provider, developed the ranking based on meeting and event booking activity across its venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network, through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018.
"We are honored and proud that Dallas has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Meeting Destinations in the U.S. by Cvent," said Sam Coats, VisitDallas Interim President and CEO. "Dallas' steady movement up the list year-over-year is evidence that the city is a thriving meeting destination. Located in the center of the country, Dallas boasts great air lift, a sizeable and flexible convention center, the best hotel product in Texas and uniquely fun experiences for meeting attendees."
VisitDallas experienced record sales and tourism numbers last year; 27.7 million people visited Dallas, generating a total economic impact of $8.8 billion. VisitDallas booked 2.5 million room nights and 24 citywide events last fiscal year.
"Being named a Top 5 Meeting Destination means more than just bragging rights; it translates to dollars for a destination," said Chris McAndrews, Vice President of Marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. "The VisitDallas team has worked incredibly hard for their Top 5 placement and those efforts have led to greater destination awareness, more group business opportunities, increased visitors and room nights, and most importantly, an even larger economic impact for the city of Dallas."
In addition to the Top 5 ranking, VisitDallas was awarded the 2019 Business Intelligencer Award, which recognizes pioneers in the hospitality industry who are charting the business insights and intelligence frontier and cutting a path for others to follow.
The coming year and beyond holds more exciting developments for the destination – Dallas is enjoying a boom in hotel supply. Twelve new hotels have opened since the start of 2018 and there are more than 40 hotel projects and more than 6,000 additional hotel rooms in the pipeline.
Cvent evaluated more than 5,000 U.S. cities featured on the Cvent Supplier Network to compile the seventh annual list. Activity was tracked from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, and the ranking was then determined by a set of qualifying criteria consisting of:
- Unique Request for Proposals Received
- Total Room Nights
- Awarded Request for Proposals
- Awarded Room Nights
- Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues
- Number of Profile Views
As a global leader in the meetings and events space, Cvent's annual Top Meeting Destination rankings are greatly anticipated among business travel and tourism professionals. To see the full list of the top 50 cities in the U.S., please visit here.
VisitDallas markets Dallas as the ideal visitor and convention destination in Texas. Dallas – The Most Texan City in Texas – celebrates its heritage in hospitality, and it's the one city where Southern meets modern and legacy meets luxury. Dallas is the leading business and financial center in the Southwest offering travelers an unparalleled array of amenities and a central location with two major airports with more domestic nonstop flights than any other U.S. city. As the ninth-largest U.S. city, and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas is the top visitor destination in Texas. You really can do it all in Dallas. For more information, visit http://visitdallas.com/.
Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 27,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event management and marketing, onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent's suite of products automate and simplify the planning process to maximize the impact of events. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud's digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent's sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.