12 Cities on the Rise

Look to these cities to keep improving.


In our April issue we revealed some of the meeting destinations planners singled out in the 2014 Watkins Report, which asked more than 800 planners to rate cities on key factors. Here are 12 destinations that bear watching as they strategically maneuver to attain/retain the attributes of the overall experience that planners find the most appealing:

  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Francisco
  • Vancouver
  • Washington, DC

Based on the Watkins Report of the 2014 survey of meeting planners. The copyrighted full report is made available via subscription to CVBs or DMOs for use within their own organizations for strategic planning and marketing. For information on obtaining a copy of the 2014 report, contact

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