Platinum Choice Award Winners 2011

Meeting Planning


2011 comes to a close, Smart Meetings announces itsSmart Meetings Platinum Choice Awards. This year, along with properties, we are honoring top-notch CVBs in the industry as well. We’re thrilled to recognize all of these suppliers that not only uphold the best standards, but raise the bar higher in terms of service, facilities, amenities and accommodations. And now announcing the winners! Drumroll, please…



Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Miraval

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Talking Stick Resort

The Phoenician

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Miraval Resort and Spa


Capital Hotel

The Peabody Little Rock


Bernardus Lodge

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Hotel Corque

Hotel del Coronado

Sofitel San Francisco Bay

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

Jamaica Bay Inn

La Costa Resort and Spa

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Lodge at Torrey Pines

Loews Coronado Bay

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Resort at Squaw Creek

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

The Inn at Spanish Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa


Four Seasons Hotel Denver

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

The Broadmoor

The Sebastian Vail

Viceroy Snowmass


Dover Downs Hotel & Casino


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort

JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Ocean Reef Club

PGA National Resort & Spa

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Rosen Shingle Creek

The Peabody Orlando

The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

The Shores Resort & Spa

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin


Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Loews Atlanta Hotel

Sea Island


Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

The St. Regis Princeville Resort


Sun Valley Resort

The Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort


The Drake Hotel

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago


Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

French Lick Resort


Hotel Blackhawk


Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center – Topeka


Drawbridge Hotel and Convention Center


Boston Marriott Long Wharf

Taj Boston


Grand Traverse Resort & Spa


Grand View Lodge

Hilton Minneapolis

The Saint Paul Hotel


Beau Rivage Resort & Casino


Big Sky Resort

The Resort at Paws Up


Hilton Omaha

The Mountain Club on Loon


Aria Resort & Casino

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Reno

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Harrah's/Harveys Lake Tahoe

Loews Lake Las Vegas

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and The Signature at MGM Grand

New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

The Bellagio Hotel

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Tropicana Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore


Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

New Jersey

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

New Mexico

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque

Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa


The Roosevelt Hotel

North Carolina

Pinehurst Resort

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa


Kalahari Resort – Sandusky


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel


Eagle Crest Resort

Sunriver Resort 

The Resort at The Mountain

Rhode Island

Hotel Viking

South Carolina

Charleston Place Hotel

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes


Gaylord Opryland Resort & 

Convention Center

Hutton Hotel 


Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Hotel Contessa

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Omni Houston Hotel

Renaissance Austin Hotel

The Driskill

The Fairmont Dallas

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center


Red Mountain Resort

Stein Eriksen Lodge

Sundance Resort

The Grand America Hotel

The St. Regis Deer Valley


The Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa


Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

The Davenport Hotel and Tower

The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa

Tulalip Resort Casino

Willows Lodge

West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

The Greenbrier

Waterfront Place Hotel


Kalahari Resort – Wisconsin Dells


Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole


Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Radisson Resort Grand Lucayan


Pan Pacific Vancouver

Sonora Resort

The Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf
Resort & Spa, Victoria


Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Puerto Rico

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort



 Anaheim/Orange County VCB

 Atlanta CVB

 Boise CVB

 Charleston Area CVB

 Chicago CTB

 Columbus CVB

 Dallas CVB

 Destination Irvine

 Florida Keys and Key West

 Grapevine CVB

 Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

 Greater Houston CVB

 Greater Miami CVB

 Greater Raleigh CVB

 Hawai'i VCB

 Huntington Beach Marketing and
Visitors Bureau

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association

 Irving CVB


 Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

 Laughlin Visitor Information Center

 Lexington CVB

 Meet Minneapolis

 Meetings & Conventions Calgary

 Metropolitan Tucson CVB

 Mexico Tourism Board

 Monterey County CVB

 Myrtle Beach Area CVB

 Napa Valley Destination Council

 Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

 Nashville CVB

 North Lake Tahoe VCB

 Palm Beach County

Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority

Park City Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau

Philadelphia CVB

Positively Cleveland

Puerto Rico Convention Bureau

Tourism Richmond Association

San Antonio CVB

San Diego CVB

San Francisco Travel Association

Santa Clara CVB

Santa Fe CVB

Scottsdale CVB

Sonoma County Tourism Bureau

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches VCB

Team San Jose

Temecula Valley CVB

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council

The Toronto Convention and Visitors Association

Tourism Whistler

Tourisme Montréal

Travel Alberta

Tri-Valley CVB

Virginia Beach CVB

Visit Charlotte


Visit Newport Beach

Visit Orlando

Visit Savannah

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