Cvent Names Top
Meeting Hotels of 2018
Top 4 Outdoor Design Trends
CORT Events shared four ways to have an on-trend outdoor event this year. The furniture, lighting and accessories
rental company reports that transitional
furniture, bold yet classic color palettes and
patterns, Mediterranean influences and
most importantly, bringing indoor comforts
outdoors, are all trends for 2018.
1. Transitional Furniture: Outdoor event
design is all about making your indoor and
outdoor blend seamlessly. Incorporate furniture suitable for lounging, networking and
socializing and utilize modular and functional furniture to fit any patio, lawn or pool deck.
2. Bold, Yet Classic Color Palettes & Patterns: Color is key when planning an outdoor
event, and according to CORT Events, blue is
all the rage right now. Go with deep hues of
blue, paired with green jungle patterns and
palm accent pieces, or stay classic and chic
with antiqued white and blue, playing with
clean lines and crisp summer linens. Use
surprising accent pieces to bring in the colors, such as outdoor wire tables and lighted
plastic orbs, cubes, tables and columns.
3. Mediterranean Influences: Go for in-
ternational influence. Use ornate foliage for
a centerpiece, mix furnishings with wood
benches and tables with marble table tops.
Define the space with faux boxwood hedges
with added florals to create intimate areas.
4. Comfort: The most important trend is
comfort. Pay attention to details that will
enhance your guests’ experience. Warmer
weather can leave guests hot and dehydrated, so be sure to place bug spray around
the tables, use citronella candles and
incorporate water stations throughout the
venue. Provide more shade than you think
your guests will need.
Cvent released its annual lists of “Top Meeting Hotels” for meetings and events worldwide. The top venues
were sorted geographically and rankings
are based on each hotel’s group business
“There are quite a few noticeable shifts in
our ‘ Top Meeting Hotels’ lists, emphasizing
a robust, growing marketplace,” said Chris
rest on their
the years ahead.”
The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conven-
tion Center retained its No. 1 position as
“Top U.S. Meeting Hotel.”
Other U.S. hotels in the Top 5 include:
◗ Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center: Moved up from No. 3 last year.
◗ The Venetian and Palazzo Resort, Hotel &
Casinos: Moved down from No. 1 last year.
◗ JW Marriott Austin: Same position as 2017.
◗ Hilton Anatole: Moved up from No. 7
Cvent evaluated hotel properties that gen-
erated business through the Cvent Sup-
plier Network from January 2017 through
December 2017. The properties were ranked
according to various criteria, including total
requests for proposals (RFPs), awarded
RFPs, total room nights, awarded room
nights, major metropolitan area (MMA)
market share, conversion rate and the
hotel’s unique profile visits in the Cvent
According to Cvent, its supplier network
sourced more than $14.7 billion and more
than 40 million room nights in 2017, helping
to support more than 715,000 meetings and
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