Top Unconventional Convention Destinations in the U.S.

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We recently highlighted Cvent’s top meeting destination for 2015, and there were few surprises on the list. Major metropolitan areas, such as Orlando, Las Vegas, and Chicago were recognized, and for good reasons. However, Smart Meetings recently took a different approach and highlighted a few “off-the-beaten-path” destinations for corporate events.

 

Anaheim & Buena Park, California

Orlando might be home to Disney World, but Anaheim & Buena Park is home to Disney Land. Also, the city’s meetings infrastructure has surged in recent years and is expected to continue growing in the future.

 

Cleveland, Ohio

Recent efforts to rejuvenate downtown Cleveland has caught the eye of corporate event planners and major companies everywhere. In fact, the city is scheduled to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

 

Fort Worth, Texas

On the outskirts of Dallas, Fort Worth is about as Texas as it gets – providing a great backdrop for corporate events. The city is also in the process of building a $450 million dollar multipurpose arena and a number of new hotels.

 

Monterey, California

With breathtaking ocean views and great year-round weather, Monterey is quickly becoming a destination for companies everywhere. The Monterey Conference Center is currently undergoing a $45 million dollar renovation to bring the 41,000 SF center into the 21st century.

 

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Corporate event planners are targeting Wisconsin Dells for its reputation as an unconventional meeting destination. What do we mean by unconventional? Wisconsin Dells in the waterslide capital of the world – with more than 200 water slides – and two complementary convention centers.

Hotel prices are expected to increase in 2016, which could make a corporate event in a major city a big financial burden. Opting for an unconventional destination could result in a huge turnout.

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