The article picked New York as the best “overall” city for business meetings, and cited Istanbul for best sightseeing, London for best “buzz,” Nashville for best music scene, Sao Palo as best pro-business city, and Mumbai as most exotic.
But for conventions? The best city was Denver. “The mile-high city is no longer a pit-stop en route to the slopes of Vail,’ said panelist Zane Kerby, who has booked the National Business Travel Association’s 40th annual convention in the Mile High City for 2011. Denver won for “its central U.S. location and cheap flights into Denver International Airport, a hub for United Airlines and discounter Southwest Airlines. Most hotels, including a new Four Seasons, are within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center.”
Denver was also recently selected as one of the top 10 destinations for travelers to visit in 2011 by Lonely Planet.
“These surveys show that Denver is ‘top of mind’ with key decision makers in the tourism and convention industry,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re very proud that the largest newspaper in Canada has given us this designation.”
In 2010, Denver was also selected as one of the top 10 convention destinations in the nation by two national studies of meeting planners, Metropoll and the Watkins study.