Build your business with Great Places.

The Great Places Directory is the leading venue and service resource serving the event and meeting planning industries.  Our focus is on quality, and our goal is to provide end users with the most comprehensive, unique and diverse collection of venues and services available.  The Great Places Directory is designed to provide a powerful visual showcase for advertisers, while offering users key information in a highly organized format.  Supported by a newly redesigned web site and targeted marketing and distribution programs, the Great Places Directory will put your venue or service in front of a powerful audience of decision makers.

Reach your market.

With an annual distribution of more than 67,000 copies, and a total annual readership of more than 207,000, the Great Places Directory is the most widely distributed print directory in the industry. We reach corporate and social event and meeting planners through national organizations such as MPI, ISES, ABC, HSMAI and COPE*, as well as through insurance, pharmaceutical and production companies; financial institutions; private schools and synagogues; the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; The Registry at Bloomingdales; and many other outlets. Users tell us that they keep and use the Great Places Directory all year long because of the venue and service selection as well as the book’s design and print quality.  In addition, our redesigned web site is constantly updated with the newest venues and related services that are now searchable by a variety of criteria.

*Meeting Planners International (MPI), International Society of Event Specialists (ICES), Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Council of Protocol Executives (COPE). 

The Great Places Directory

  • Is the number one venue and service resource serving the event and meeting planning industries.
  • Boasts the largest print directory distribution and readership in the industry.
  • Maintains an up-to-date database of active social and corporate event and meeting planners.
  • Targets corporate and social event planners from key national organizations.
  • Reaches key groups such as fashion designers, production companies and lobbyists.
  • Offers in-book advertisers complimentary full-page ad on the newly redesigned Great Places web site


Great Places Online

  • Provides advertisers with optimal ad space for a strong marketing presence.
  • Features state-of-the art search functionality for visitors though a streamlined navigation and a defined search feature that makes venues and related services searchable by a variety of criteria.
  • Offers promotional opportunities on the homepage and other high-profile sponsorships throughout the site.
  • Builds new partnerships with businesses involved in the event planning industry, for optimal organic website traffic.
  • Creates a strong presence in social media outlets, enhancing advertiser visibility and generating valuable awareness through our news articles and targeted e-blasts.

Email Marketing and Social Media

  • The Great Places social media marketing approach keeps users in the know through informative postings on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Great Places online. 
  • Targeted e-blasts distributed to our ever-expanding list of industry professionals, keep users informed about the latest venues, resources and industry news and offers our advertisers additional visibility.


Concierge Service - NEW!

This year marks the launch of the Great Places Concierge Service.  We know that even with all of the venue and service information provided in the directory, planning an event can be a daunting task.  The Great Places Concierge Service is designed to provide event and meeting planners with personalized expertise and venue ideas. Contact us through email at, or by calling 212.675.9000.  Our in-the-know staff is standing by to offer assistance free of charge.