• Aurora Earns 33rd Spot on Cvent's List of Top Meeting Destinations

     
    POSTED July 22, 2019
     
  • Aurora Earns 33rd Spot on Cvent's List of Top Meeting Destinations

     
    POSTED July 22, 2019
     
  • Aurora Earns 33rd Spot on Cvent's List of Top Meeting Destinations

     
    POSTED July 22, 2019
     
  • Aurora Earns 33rd Spot on Cvent's List of Top Meeting Destinations

     
    POSTED July 22, 2019
     

Aurora, Colorado has earned the 33rd ranking on Cvent's list of Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States for 2019. This ranking is a nine-point increase from 2018 and a 23-point increase from 2017.

“Over the past two years, Visit Aurora has driven concentrated sales and marketing efforts to provide maximum value to our clients," says Bruce Dalton, President & CEO of Visit Aurora.

Vice President of Marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud, Chris McAndrews, says "The city continues to focus on increasing tourism, and these additional marketing and sales efforts are reflected in their rise in rank over the last two years. Our Top Meeting Destinations list has become much more dynamic over the years as more cities look to tap into the booming meetings and events industry, and Aurora's rise to number 33 is a great example of how those efforts can pay off for a destination."

Dalton says the mission of Visit Aurora has shifted to build destination awareness, expand impacts on the meetings and events industry, and develop the destination as a whole. "Our new area of focus includes engaging and educating our community leaders and citizens on the full range of valuable impacts the tourism industry has on quality of life in Aurora,” he adds.

Aurora's small-town charm and modern amenities make it a popular destination for meetings and events, Dalton says.

"From locally-owned breweries and award-winning restaurants to attractions like Stanley Marketplace, Aurora is a client-driven destination with connections to local vendors that can create truly unique meetings and events," says Randi Morritt, director of marketing for Visit Aurora.

Minutes from Denver International Airport, Aurora offers more than 13,000 hotel rooms and one million square feet of meeting space as well as nine championship golf courses and 250 diverse ethnic eateries.

Aurora is looking forward to further development in the northeast corridor and aerotropolis region near Denver International Airport. Plans for the Fitzsimons Innovation Community, including collaboration with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to create science and technology labs, have begun. As Aurora grows in size, lifestyle communities including Painted Prairie and Aurora Highlands near Denver International Airport have made headway on their planning process. The airport is also undergoing significant renovations to make travel easier and expand facilities. 

"Combined, all of these developments mean more opportunity for business and leisure— with easier access than ever before," Morritt says.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.