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Coronado No. 41 An Cvent List Of Top U.S. Meeting Destinations

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 11:05 am

Lists created by travel websites or publications for top travel destination cities isn’t a novel concept. However, the list that trumps all others is compiled by Cvent, which actually measures and ranks cities by hotel revenue and visitor spending created by meeting groups and events. Coronado, which in years past has either barely qualified for or just missed the Top 50, came in at No. 41 in the United States for 2019, with $59 million in hotel revenue, accompanied by a tidy $112 million generated in visitor spending.

Before you think, as I originally did, that being No. 41 might not be worth celebrating, Discover Coronado Executive Director Todd Little said otherwise. In a rare case of hearing tourism-related news before Little did, I called him and said I had a press release quoting Cvent, saying we were No. 41 in the U.S. Little was excited by the news, which sounded like the equivalent of a restaurant earning a Michelin star.

Little said of the designation, “I’d like to thank Cvent for acknowledging the passionate group meeting sales teams at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort, the Hotel del Coronado and Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The Coronado City Council deserves thanks as well for allowing Discover Coronado to compete for off-season convention business against some remarkable meeting destinations. We take the greatest joy knowing that strong convention sales enrich our community. The work of our resorts and Discover Coronado supports 1,222 jobs in San Diego County and contributes $15 million in transient occupancy tax (TOT) to the City of Coronado.”

According to a press release from Sloane & Company of New York on behalf of Cvent, “This year’s data was pulled across all Cvent sourcing platforms including the Speed RFP, Lanyon and the Cvent Supplier Network, which features more than 255,000 hotels, resorts and special event venues, making it one of the world’s largest and most accurate databases of detailed venue information. More than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018 across the Cvent Supplier Network.”

The fact that Coronado was ranked No. 41 is especially noteworthy since the adjoining City of San Diego was ranked No. 7 on the United States List. The Top 10 Cvent destinations in the U.S. included Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, San Diego, New York, Miami and Washington, D.C.

In case you already don’t have a comprehensive Travel Bucket List compiled, here are several destinations for you to consider. The Top 10 Cities in Europe are in order, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Frankfurt, Rome, Prague and Munich. The Asian Cities Top 10 was comprised of Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Bali and Mumbai.

Caribbean and Latin American destinations included Nassau, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Punta Cana Dominican Republic, San Juan, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Montego Bay, Mexico City and Grand Cayman. Looking to the north, Canadian destinations included Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Mississauga, Ottawa, Edmonton, Quebec City, Banff and Whistler. Middle Eastern and Africa destinations included Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Marrakesh, Cairo, Beirut, Doha, Nairobi, and Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

According to Chris Andrews, VP Marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud, “Business events add $1.5 trillion to the global Gross Domestic Product, and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s Top Meeting Destination lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more group business to their locales. While the top destinations in each region haven’t change significantly year-over-year, cities such as Napa, California, Edinburgh, Scotland and Beirut, Lebanon, are new to their respective lists and have positioned themselves as top cities to host meetings and events.

Discover Coronado’s Todd Little concluded his thoughts on Coronado making the U.S. Top 50 by adding, “Our growing success allows us to help underwrite projects such as the Free Summer Shuttles, the Coronado-themed artistic banners along Orange Avenue and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Coronado Bridge held over the weekend. Conventioneers currently spend, on average, $1,177 at Coronado businesses during their stay. We hope to climb higher on Cvent’s list so we can do even more for our community.”

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