The 50 Best Global Meetings Destinations in the World

For the first time, the Cvent meetings management company announced its annual top 50 convention cities for 2016 in three different categories: the United States; Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The US represents about half of the meetings and events industry worldwide.

In the U.S. rankings, Orlando, Chicago, and Las Vegas seem to be entrenched in the top three standings year-over-year. Orlando has earned the top position four out of the five years that Cvent has compiled this list.

Take a look at the rankings here.

Business Travelers Speak Their Minds

According to the GBTA, American business travelers generally have a brighter outlook on their travel experience this year versus last, citing improvements in social media accessibility, expense tracking, travel policy, safety and general corporate health. American business travelers are so satisfied that 92% say “they would travel the same amount or more in the future,” according to GBTA.

Of the eight nations responding to a survey sponsored by the Global Business Travel Association and American Express, business travelers in Mexico and the United States had the highest overall satisfaction levels (109.7 and 105.6 respectively).

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More Comfort but No Power in Southwest’s New Seats

Southwest Airlines quietly rolled out changes to the interior of its aircraft cabins in June. The new aircraft seats are the widest economy seats available in the single-aisle 737 market, and offer a unique design that gives customers more space.

The seats were first unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany last April. The new seats were designed and engineered by B/E Aerospace, and Southwest is the first to have them.

Bob Jordan, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said “serving as the launch customer for this seat is just one of several upcoming milestones related to our bold, new look launched in September of last year, and is specifically aimed at enhancing our customer experience.”

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More Comfort but No Power in Southwest's New Seats