Meet five destinations that — despite their modest size — are drawing on local knowledge resources to attract high-caliber meetings and conventions.
If it seems like planners and DMOs have a closer relationship these days, one of the reasons is the evolving role of customer advisory boards — which second-tier cities and other destinations increasingly are using to change the way they do business.
The latest census reports show that a number of second-tier cities are experiencing a wave of population growth. What could the boom mean in terms of meetings infrastructure for these cities?
Massive consolidation and rising fuel prices have resulted in fewer flights and higher fares at destinations across the country. Second-tier cities are absorbing the brunt of cuts in airline capacity and competition — and some of them are better off for it.