With nearly a quarter-million square feet in meeting space and 1,628 guest rooms, the Manchester Grand Hyatt has become a go-to destination for groups looking to hold major conventions.
So says Cvent, a global event management company that tracks meetings and conventions that are held in hotels, as well as convention centers.
The Hyatt was the only San Diego County hotel to make the company’s top 10 list, although two other local properties — the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina — made it into the top 20.
Cvent, which calls itself the Expedia of meetings and events, on Monday released its annual ranking of top meeting hotels, based on booking activity, including hotel room nights.
San Diego has a number of large bayfront hotels that not only provide lodging for events at the convention center but also offer considerable space for in-house meetings.
Continued renovations and upgrades are clearly helping elevate rankings of a number of properties, including those in San Diego, said Kevin Fliess, vice president of marketing for Cvent’s Hospitality Cloud.
“Meetings and events have become very competitive for hotels,” Fliess said, “and this represents the most popular properties, according to our Cvent data. “We look at all the requests for proposals a hotel receives, how many of those the hotel wins, the total number of room nights requested and how many are awarded.”
Just last year, the Marriott Marquis debuted a $107 million expansion of its convention facility, which may account for the hotel catapulting from its No. 36 ranking in 2015 to No. 15 last year.
A few years earlier, the Hyatt, which ranked No. 8 in 2016, completed a $100 million renovation that included upgrades to its meeting space and apparently is still paying dividends in terms of its bookings for meetings. In 2015, it placed 24th on Cvent’s ranking.
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