Second tier meeting cities may not have the same allotment of square footage of convention space or number of hotel rooms, but if you’re looking to save some serious dough on shuttle services and increase your attendees overall meeting experience, these cities jump right back in the running. PCMA’s Convene listed their top 15 picks, here are our top three:
Salt Palace: Salt Lake City, Utah
The estimated $2 billion City Creek Center downtown Salt Lake features mixed use of residential, restaurants and retail space opens on 23 beautiful acres in the heart of downtown. This complex is steps from the Salt Palace, ensuring your guests easy access to Salt Lake’s finest.
Baltimore Convention Center: Baltimore, Maryland
Visit Baltimore boasts “In Baltimore, you’re two feet away from everything.” Shopping, dining, nightlife, hotels and unique meeting space (including the deck of a ship – see GEP Baltimore’s Dinner on Deck). Baltimore is a budget friendly city for conventions large and small.
Phoenix Convention Center: Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix has long been associated with urban sprawl – but the revitalization of Downtown, including the newly installed light-rail system are challenging that perception in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. With the recent opening of the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, the hotel offerings within walking distance of the Center has exponentially grown.
Interested in any of these walkable cities for your next meeting? Contact your local GEP Destination Management office today at firstname.lastname@example.org