2012 Platiunum Choice Awards

Hotels & Resorts

Honor the service providers and their properties that have gone the extra mile to make your meetings this year a success.

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Type in your top choices for western hotels and resorts below. Enter as many as you feel deserve this special recognition. Last day to vote is September 15st – don't delay.

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    New Meeting Space at Denver Airport

    There's a brand new place to meet in Denver and it's really close to the airport. Actually, The Westin Denver International Airport, which opens to the public Friday, Nov. 20, is a key component of a $600 million…


    Thoughts and Prayers for Paris

    Cities, major event venues and hotels from around the world showed their support for Paris and its residents following terrorists attacks that occurred throughout the City of Lights on Friday, Nov. 13. We at Smart Meetings send…


    Marriott Purchases Starwood for $12.2 Billion

    In a move that will have major ramifications for the hospitality industry, Marriott International announced on Monday that it has agreed to buy Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide for $12.2 billion in stocks and cash. Marriott will…


    [Infographic] A Brief History of Golf & Spa Resorts

      Read more about golf & spa resorts in our November feature.


    Hotels Bring Theater to Hiring Process

    Two leading hotel companies are augmenting the traditional hiring process by having job applicants perform comedy sketches, a cappella performances and role-playing scenarios, among other things. Skift.com reports that Hyatt Hotels Corporation and AccorHotels have been testing the…

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    Small Meetings, Big Impact

    State Department Photo/Public Domain Unassuming state capitals, mountaintop experiences and distraction-free zones Bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to small meetings and executive retreats, there are options galore to ensure that issues are resolved, creativity inspires innovation…


    8 Different Sommeliers at Your Service

    Most fine hotels have a sommelier to guide guests in the selection of wine. Luxury properties are expanding upon this concept. At Belfast’s Merchant Hotel, for example, a water butler advises diners on bottled offerings, while a…


    A Guide to the History of Golf and Spa Resorts

    Trump National Doral Miami By now, you know that meetings at golf, spa and hot spring resorts tend to draw more attendees. They offer a refreshing atmosphere, often in scenic or unusual settings where attendees enjoy activities,…


    Navigating Medical Meetings

    A day in the life of Agnes Canonica goes something like this: ship human-sized torsos to Argentina, negotiate “gringo” prices in Latin America and plan tight deadlines around foreign government delays. It’s nothing the multicultural event planner…


    Experience the Life of a German Communist Soldier

    Imagine marching through a forest in central Germany at the command of the Stasi secret police. Once you reach a 1970s-era bunker—concealed by a hut with army tanks camped outside—there is a lot of work to be…