Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings

After much voting and decision-making, the 13th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by Smart Meetings magazine, the meeting industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals. This highly esteemed award salutes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. An additional category acknowledges outstanding service by destination marketing companies and CVBs from across North America.

Since there are thousands of qualified properties and associations, selecting the top tier winners is no easy task. Recipients of the award have demonstrated exemplary standards of excellence ranging from ambience, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space and packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining options, and technical support. Votes are cast by industry professionals, the Smart Meetings editorial team and Smart Meetings readers.

“Over the years, our list of winners has become a crucial resource for many meeting planners,” says Marin Bright, founder and CEO of Smart Meetings. “The Platinum Choice awards really identify who’s who in today’s hospitality industry. I’m thrilled about our list of winners, and I hope you use this roster when selecting your meeting destinations for the coming year—they certainly have earned your business.”

The new honorees will be celebrated in the December 2016 issue of Smart Meetings magazine. Those winners are as follows:



Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs
Allegretto Vineyard Resort
Aria Resort & Casino
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Reno
Atlantis Paradise Island
Austin Convention Center
Barcelo Maya Beach
Belmond Charleston Place
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Caesars Palace
Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Conrad New York
Dave & Buster’s
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Fountaingrove Inn & Conference Center
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
Grand Hyatt Denver
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Grand Summit Hotel
Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hershey Resorts
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
Hotel del Coronado
Hotel Irvine
Hotel Teatro
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Gainey Ranch
Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso
InterContinental New York Barclay
InterContinental The Clement Monterey
JW Marriott Austin
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Keystone Resort & Conference Center
La Fonda On the Plaza
La Posada De Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Langham Place, New York
Lansdowne Resort and Spa
Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Mohegan Sun
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
Naples Grande Beach Resort
Nizuc Resort & Spa
Nobu Hotel Eden Roc
Orange County Convention Center
Palm Springs Convention Center
Paradisus Punta Cana Resort
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
PGA National Resort & Spa
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Resorts Casino Hotel
Reunion, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Rosen Shingle Creek
Salamander Resort & Spa
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Sea Island Resort
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Grand Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Grand Phoenix
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Silverado Resort and Spa
Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel
South Seas Island Resort
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
Streamsong Resort
Sun Valley Resort
Talking Stick Resort
The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
The Biltmore Miami, Coral Gables
The Broadmoor Colorado Springs
The Coeur d’Alene Resort
The Diplomat Beach Resort
The Gideon Putnam
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The Langham Hotel, Boston
The Meritage Resort & Spa
The Mirage
The Modern Honolulu
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
The Resort at Pedregal
The San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
The Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
The Venetian Las Vegas
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
The Westin Denver International Airport Hotel
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort
Tropicana Las Vegas, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Trump National Doral Miami
Tulalip Resort Casino
Turnberry Isle Miami
Universal Orlando Resort
Villas of Grand Cypress Orlando
Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort
Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Colonial Williamsburg
Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Convention Visitors Bureau Riviera Nayarit Mexico
Destination DC
Diablo Valley Tourism Business Improvement District
Discover Newport
Discover The Palm Beaches
Explore St. Louis
Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hampton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Head Island-Blufton Chamber of Commerce (SC)
Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Meet Hawaii
Mexico Tourism Board
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
North Lake Tahoe Visitors & Convention Bureau
NYC & Company
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
San Francisco Travel Association
Sonoma County Tourism
Team San Jose
Tourism Australia
Tourism Victoria
Tourism Whistler
Tourisme Montreal
Travel Portland
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Alexandria
Visit Anaheim
Visit Billings
Visit Charlotte
Visit Denver
Visit Greenville SC
Visit Huntington Beach–Surf City USA
Visit Jacksonville
Visit KC
Visit Oakland
Visit Orlando
Visit Phoenix
Visit Raleigh
Visit Rochester
Visit Sacramento
Visit San Antonio
Visit Savannah
Visit Seattle
Visit Wichita