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Readers Respond: It’s Vegas, Baby!

Survey of ‘favorite convention cities’ doubles down in Nevada.

BY HBSDealer Staff

What are the odds that Las Vegas would rank first in a survey attempting to find the industry’s favorite convention town? There were probably pretty good, given the city’s 21,000 conventions per year (that’s according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau).

Regardless, after more than 600 votes, Las Vegas came out on top of the latest HBSDealer survey that asked: “What’s your favorite convention town in the United States?” Here’s the percentage breakdown of votes:

Las Vegas, 26%;

Chicago, 18%;

Orlando, 16%;

Indianapolis, 11%;

New Orleans, 11%;

Other, 7%;

Dallas, 5%;

Boston, 5%;

New York, 1%.

There are no surprises among the top three cities – standard business travel destinations. But the no. 4 ranked city – Indianapolis (tied with legendary New Orleans) – might surprise business travelers, until you consider that the Circle City hosts thousands of Do it Best dealers twice a year, and it exudes Hoosier hospitality.

Also surprising: New York City – the convention city that never sleeps — garnered a mere 1% of votes. It’s likely that the 7% of respondents who selected “other” had some California city in their thoughts – San Francisco, San Diego or Los Angeles. There were no write-in votes for Newark, N.J., the official office location of HBSDealer editorial staff.

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