RewardExpert, a free service that helps people utilize credit card and travel rewards, has released its 2018 ranking of Best Midsized American Cities for Business Meetings. The purpose is to help business owners find locations for meetings and conventions that are budget friendly and provide the same level of enjoyment offered by more expensive cities. The ranking is broken into six major geographical areas and based on 20 data indicators divided into these main categories: affordability, climate, commute, business atmosphere, events, accommodation and dining, and safety. Nine Colorado communities made the top 25 list for the Mountain West. 

2 – Arvada
5 – Centennial
7 – Westminster
8 – Greeley
9 – Thornton
10 – Fort Collins
11 – Boulder
17 – Pueblo
21 – Lakewood 

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort. colorado.com

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.

 

The commoditization of the live events industry causes concern and prompts discussion.