Colleen McQuone's Top Cities for Medical Meetings

Favorite U.S. Cities

Colleen McQuone has a host of cities she calls favorites, from Manhattan and Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Dallas and Denver. McQuone says each city has measurable benefits for medical meetings. “In Chicago and New York, you have access to many large hotels in close proximity to major medical centers, and they are near other cities within driving distance, not to mention multiple major airports for attendees to fly in,” McQuone says. Washington, D.C., is a favorite due to its Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which is attached to the new Marriott Marquis Washington DC, providing 1,175 guest rooms and 49 suites for conference attendees. McQuone also likes that the city has two major airports and is centrally located. Dallas makes the cut because of its airport hotel options, which are “ideal for fly-in medical meetings, making it very cost-effective.” McQuone likes Orlando and Denver for major medical association meetings due to their large convention centers and hotels that are attached, within a short walk or a shuttle ride away. “The cities themselves offer much to attendees in the form of entertainment,” McQuone says.

Favorite International City

McQuone once planned a satellite symposium for a large international medical association in Barcelona, Spain. “It was an easy city to navigate, and the convention center was modern and could accommodate concurrent sessions, large breakouts and an exhibit for vendors.” McQuone also liked that there were hotels within walking distance and a short cab ride away. “The city was filled with so much to do and see. I would highly recommend it for planning a medical meeting.”