Cvent, a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, released its annual list of the top 25 meeting hotels in the Middle East and Africa.
The list was compiled by analysing meeting and event booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), one of the world’s largest venue sourcing platforms. More than $16 billion and more than 42 million room nights were sourced through the CSN in 2018.
"In the Middle East and Africa, we saw a nearly 20 per cent increase in RFP volume year-over-year and hotels featured on this year’s lists are elevating their Mice strategy through innovative digital marketing and quick and complete online responses to RFPs – which is exactly what event organisers want,” said Chris McAndrews, vice-president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. "Our Top Meeting Hotels lists are consistently used by event organisers to find great hotels and by hoteliers looking to set themselves apart to increase their property’s Mice revenue.”
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai retained its number one position as top meeting hotel. Seven other properties in Dubai round out the Top 10, highlighting the continued interest in hosting meetings and events in the emirate.
InterContinental Dubai – Festival City follows JW Marriott Marquis as second on the list, followed by Grand Hyatt Dubai (third), Conrad Dubai (fourth), Fairmont Dubai (fifth), Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront (sixth), Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai (ninth) and The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (tenth).
Newcomers on the Top 25 list include Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi & Palais des Congrès Marrakech, InterContinental David Tel Aviv, The Meydan Hotel, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, and Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino.
Cvent’s Top Meeting Hotels lists rank venues based on Mice performance according to various criteria, including total requests for proposals (RFPs) and conversion rate. Top venues are sorted geographically, and rankings are based on each hotel’s Mice performance.
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.