Meet Minneapolis Named North America's Third Best CVB

More than 600 meeting planners in the United States, Canada and Mexico have ranked Meet Minneapolis, Minneapolis' convention and visitors bureau, the third best CVB in North America, Meet Minneapolis announced last month.

The ranking is courtesy of Watkins Research Group's "2010 Meeting and Convention Planners Survey," which once every two years ranks 46 North American cities in eight categories, including "Superior Convention and Visitors Bureau/Destination Marketing Organization." Minneapolis rose from fourth place in 2008 to third in 2010 — and ranked first among nine cities in its self-identified competitive set, which includes Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, New Orleans and St. Louis, all of which it also beat in the "Superior Convention Center Facilities" and "Superior Convention Center Services" categories.

On a scale of 1 to 9, where 1 is "strongly disagree" and 9 is "strongly agree," Minneapolis scored a 6.93 in "Great All-Around Convention City," a 6.91 in "Easy to Get to," a 7.44 in "Hotels Well-Suited for My Largest Meetings," a 7.15 in "Easy Accessibility Within the City," a 7.47 in "Safe and Secure," a 7.18 in "Superior Convention Center Facilities," a 7.18 in "Superior Convention Center Services," and a 7.62 in "Superior CVB/DMO."

"The team at Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center has never been stronger," said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. "I am proud of their many accomplishments, including this one. Their work benefits not only the organization, but the entire City of Minneapolis, by positively affecting the local economy."

Beating Minneapolis in the CVB category were Seattle, which placed second, and Toronto, which ranked first.