by Elise Shoening | November 20, 2019

Deciding where to take your next meeting is easy when you default to the popular names, such as Orlando, Las Vegas and Chicago, the first three cities on tech giant Cvent's 2019 ranking of the Top Meeting Destinations in the U.S. But a number of places are rising in planners' estimation and working their way up the list by adding more hotels, enhancing their convention centers, and strengthening their allure with revitalized downtowns and high-end restaurants.

The following 10 cities have all made jumps up Cvent's ladder or are appearing there for the first time this year. They're worth a look for your next event

Fort Lauderdale

Up 10 places to No. 18 on Cvent's list

Set on the southeast coast of the Sunshine State, Fort Lauderdale is more than just a vacation spot, as it has been shoring up its offerings for meetings. The city's 34,000 guest rooms soon will be supplemented by an additional 4,500 that are expected to open throughout the county by 2024, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is undergoing a massive, $900 million expansion. 

Upgrades have also been made to the city's transportation system, including renovations to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and the addition of Brightline, a high-speed passenger rail connecting Fort Lauderdale to downtown Miami and West Palm Beach. 

"It's a very exciting time in Greater Fort Lauderdale -- we're in an era of evolution," says Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We have world-class hotels breaking ground, a completely renovated convention center underway and more cultural experiences available than ever."

Read about 9 other emerging destinations at NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com