Virginia Beach Ranked Among Nation’s Top 20 Cities for Conferences

Thursday, December 15, 2016

​Data recently released by SmartAsset™ lists Virginia Beach among the nation's Top 20 Meetings Cities. Virginia Beach is joined by Orlando and Tampa as the only East Coast beach destinations to make the 2016 list. This designation follows the recent announcement that the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was named a 2016 Platinum Choice Award winner by Smart Meetings magazine.

Using a variety of factors including availability of hotels, hotel room rates, the average cost of a restaurant meal and the proximity of each city to a major airport, SmartAsset™ analyzed 102 of the largest U.S. cities to determine the list. Also considered were the crime rate in each city and the concentration of restaurants, bars and other entertainment establishments available to conference attendees. A full list of the SmartAssets™ 2016 Top 20 Cities for Conferences may be found at

"To be recognized as one of the top meeting destinations in the country is a true testament to the hard work of our sales and marketing teams as well as the commitment of the hospitality community to develop and deliver high-quality meeting experiences in an emerging year round destination," said CVB Vice-President of Convention Sales & Marketing Todd Bertka, CASE.

Centrally located on the East Coast, Virginia Beach is only hours from Washington, D.C. and within a day's drive for two-thirds of the nation's population. The city's premier meeting and convention space, the Virginia Beach Convention Center, is a state-of-the-art LEED Gold facility offering 150,000 sq. ft. of column-free exhibit space with nearly 29,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, over 31,000 sq. ft. of ballroom space and 2,230 free parking spaces. More than 7,000 hotel rooms are within three miles of this venue and many line the award-winning oceanfront boardwalk. For a more urban vibe, Town Center offers unique meeting venues such as the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and a variety of high quality hotels which can accommodate groups of any size. A complete portfolio of unique coastal meeting space options can be found at

Amenable year round weather allows a multitude of outdoor experiences such as zip-lining, golf, kayaking and hiking for those seeking team building exercises and excursion opportunities. Museums, historic houses and art galleries are located throughout the city. To the delight of the culinary curious, dining options include many locally-owned and operated restaurants whose chefs incorporate the various farm-to-table and sea-to-table foods available year round in this vibrant coastal city.

About the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (
Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to "Live the Life." Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia's most populous city. For media information and images, visit Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at, Instagram at, Facebook at and Pinterest at    


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