- #36 Ranking unchanged from 2014
- Annual Cvent list of top cities for meetings, events evaluated 5,000+ U.S. cities
- More domestic travel spending in Arlington than any other Virginia County
The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS) announced today that Arlington has been named one of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the United States, according to Cvent, a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform. Arlington ranked #36 on the list, which is based on meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network. The only Virginia locality to make the list, Arlington is amidst neighbors Washington, D.C. (#6), Baltimore (#30) and National Harbor, Md. (#35).
“We’re very pleased to be recognized among America’s top meetings and events destinations,” said ACVS director Emily Cassell. “The ranking validates the successful partnership between ACVS and our 43 hotels in promoting Arlington as an excellent place for meetings. It also reflects Arlington’s appeal as a vibrant urban destination in the heart of the nation’s capital – one that offers the convenience of downtown D.C. with hotel rates averaging up to 20 percent less.”
$2.8+ billion in domestic visitor spending in 2013
According to Virginia Tourism Corporation, Arlington generated more than $2.8 billion in domestic visitor spending in 2013, more than any other County in Virginia. The Arlington travel and tourism industry supports more than 24,000 local jobs and generates more than $173 million in state and local tax receipts.
Cassell says a key factor in Arlington’s success is the close collaboration of ACVS, meeting planners and hotel representatives to provide a highly tailored event experience for attendees. Customized amenities such as free on-site convention services and destination promotional materials help pique guests’ desire to fully experience Arlington’s national history and local flavor.
About the ranking
Cvent evaluated more than 5,000 U.S. cities featured on the Cvent Supplier Network to create the list. Activity was tracked between July 2014 and June 2015, and rankings were then determined by a set of qualifying criteria including Unique Requests for Proposal (RFP) Received, Total Room Nights, Awarded RFPs, Awarded Room Nights and more. See the complete list of the Top 50 Meeting Destinations. For more information about Arlington, visit www.stayarlington.com.